Ben Sprecher

Mr. Sprecher has produced a number of Broadway productions including: David Mamet’s AMERICAN BUFFALO directed by Robert Falls starring John Leguizamo, Cedric the Entertainer and Haley Joel Osment; Eugene O’Neil’s MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN starring Eve Best, Kevin Spacey and Colm Meaney, James Kirkwood’s comedy LEGENDS! starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans, the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE starring Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick; the Tony award-winning Broadway production of FORTUNE’S FOOL starring Alan Bates and Frank Langella; Larry Gelbart’s hit Broadway comedy SLY FOX starring Richard Dreyfuss and Eric Stoltz; the Tony award winning production of Hal Holbrook’s MARK TWAIN TONIGHT and the Broadway thriller VOICES IN THE DARK starring Judith Ivey.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Sprecher was at the center of Off-Broadway. He reconstructed and operated the Theatre de Lys (now known as the Lucille Lortel Theatre) from 1981 until 1999. In 1982, he built the Promenade Theatre which was in continuous operation until 2006. In 1992, he built the Variety Arts Theatre which was in continuous operation until 2005. With the Shubert Organization, he was integral in construction of the Little Shubert Theatre which opened in 2004. During this period, productions Mr. Sprecher was responsible for include: the Pulitzer prize winning production of Edward Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN; Steve Martin’s PICASSO AT LAPIN AGILE; Terrence McNalley’s LISBON TRAVIATA; Stephen Sondheim’s PACIFIC OVERTURES; the original production of David Rabe’s HURLYBURLY directed by Mike Nichols; London’s Best Musical Award winner RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET; the Pulitzer prize winning production of DINNER WITH FRIENDS; DEATH DEFYING ACTS by Woody Allen, Elaine May and David Mamet; the original productions of Robert Harling’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Carol Churchill’s CLOUD 9 and Wendy Wasserstein’s ISN’T IT ROMATIC; the presentation of Tommy Tune’s WHITE TIE AND TAILS and the New York premier of the musical FAME. As an independent, Mr. Sprecher produced the National Tour of Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES starring Mitzi Gaynor, and the original New York productions of: the musical ANNIE WARBUCKS; Elaine May’s ADULT ENTERTAINMENT starring Danny Aiello; the Canadian Smash TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS; MADAME MELVILLE starring Macaulay Culkin and Jolie Richardson; Yazmina Reza’s UNEXPECTED MAN starring Alan Bates and Dame Eileen Atkinson; Neil LaBute’s THE SHAPE OF THINGS starring Rachel Weitz and Paul Rudd and MR GOLDWYN starring Alan King. After opening the first Equity Dinner Theatre in San Diego, he came to New York in 1976 as the Production Stage Manager for the Broadway musical SHE LOVES ME starring Madeline Kahn and Rita Moreno. Mr. Sprecher began his career as the lighting designer for the 1974 world tour of EARTH WIND AND FIRE.

Mr. Sprecher is an alumnus of California State University of Northridge. He is a member of the League of American Theatres and Producers. He served as Vice President of the League of Off Broadway Theatres and Producers for fifteen years. He was the Vice President of the Players Club for seven years. He is a member of The Broadway Theatre League. For 12 years, he was chief negotiator for the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers for the collective bargaining agreements covering ATPAM, SSD&C as well participating in the negotiation of the agreement for Actor’s EQUITY. His shows have received two Tony awards, two Pulitzer prizes, eleven New York Drama Critics awards, fourteen Outer Critic Circle Awards, five Lucille Lortel Awards and numerous Obie Awards.