Hal Thau ('56)
From Spring Awakening, currently running at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Photo by Joan Marcus
Broadway success is remarkably evasive. But not for Hal Thau (’56). Currently he’s one of the producers of a new hit Broadway musical: Spring Awakening. The rock musical, based on the long-banned German play by Frank Wedekind written in 1891, tells the story of teenage self-discovery, of passions, emotions, and regrets. The main characters are beautiful Wendla, brilliant and fearless young Melchior, and traumatized Moritz, all of whom struggle against a repressive adult world, only to stumble into some of that world’s toughest challenges.
Thau, a financial consultant, business manager, theatrical producer, and philanthropist, is an accountant by training. He rubbed elbows with such entertainment greats as Duke Ellington and Jackie Mason as a partner in the accounting firm of Rosenblum, Rubin, Burn & Thau. He was John Denver’s partner and manager for over 35 years. When Thau caught the showbiz bug in the ’80s, he decided his talents were best suited to producing. His credits include Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, Bombay Dreams, Tuesdays with Morrie, Glengarry Glen Ross, True West, and The Flying Brothers Karamazov. He is president and CEO of Advent Management Corp., a worldwide entertainment management business; president and CEO of Redstone Accounting Services Inc.; president of Windsong and WindstarRecords; and partner in Cherry Mountain Music and Windstar Productions. He has written an autobiography, Bronx to Broadway: A Life in Show Business (2002). In 2006 he was awarded a Baruch College Alumnus of Distinction Award.