Tom Smedes is currently producing FARINELLI AND THE KING, a new play arriving on Broadway after sold-out runs at Shakespeare’s Globe and on London’s West End. The production stars Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance and is written by Claire van Kampen. He recently produced the Tony Award-winning new musical BANDSTAND directed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler and written by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, which made its regional debut at the Paper Mill Playhouse and was on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Previously, he produced Terrence McNally, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s THE VISIT starring CHITA RIVERA and directed by John Doyle on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. He was also a producer of Terrence McNally’s box-office hit IT’S ONLY A PLAY on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Other producing credits include Terrence McNally’s MOTHERS AND SONS starring Tyne Daly at the Golden Theatre on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER on Broadway and National Tour, and the Tony Award-winning PIPPIN on Broadway and National Tour. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a supporter of the Broadway Production of MATILDA. He was also a Co-Producer and General Manager for the Off-Broadway premiere of NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. In addition, he produced the Tony-nominated Play NEXT FALL on Broadway and [title of show] at the Lyceum Theatre.
Tom is also one of the producers of the musical revue, NAKED BOYS SINGING! off-Broadway after 13 years having played nearly 4,000 performances making it the second longest-running Off-Broadway musical…NBS! has played in over 35 cities under Tom’s supervision including London, Rome, Sydney, Oslo, Cape Town, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Houston, Provincetown, Ft. Lauderdale, Vancouver, San Diego and Portland. The NBS! film was released on DVD.
Tom’s other productions in New York include DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead; THE BLACK & WHITE BLUES, A New Orleans Restaurant Musical; THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE, with The New Group; the one-man show entitled 21 DOG YEARS: DOING TIME @ AMAZON.COM, written and starring Mike Daisey at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre prior to its international tour of London, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Sydney and PEOPLE ARE WRONG at The Vineyard theatre.
In London, Tom has produced SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM and MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (the Musical!).
He managed CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK, an Off-Broadway show in Times Square at The World Underground Theatre. MINDFREAK stars the internationally acclaimed illusionist Criss Angel who has been featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, EXTRA, and ABC Family Network and MINDFREAK on the A & E Network.
Tom also managed Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theater in Westport, CT under the auspices of the prestigious Lucille Lortel Foundation.
Other General Management credits include: DIVORCE PARTY, THE MUSICAL at The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach; ALTAR BOYZ – In Detroit, ALTAR BOYZ – National Tour; [title of show]; THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (The Musical!); HIGH INFIDELITY starring Morgan Fairchild and John Davidson at The Promenade Theatre; NOW HEAR THIS, starring Kathy Buckley at the Lamb’s Theatre; LOVE JANIS at the Village Theatre; CAPTAIN LOUIS by Stephen Schwartz; Ann Randolph’s SQUEEZBOX produced by Anne Bancroft.
Prior to 1996, Tom was a Theatre Manager for the Nederlander Organization, managing at various times the Nederlander, the Lunt-Fontanne, the Palace, the Brooks Atkinson, the Richard Rodgers, the Minskoff, the Neil Simon and the Gershwin Theatres.
Tom was also Company Manager for the award-winning Hal Prince revival of SHOW BOAT, starring Elaine Stritch; TRULY BLESSED, a celebration of Mahlia Jackson; CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, starring Kathleen Turner; OBA OBA, a Brazilian Celebration; THE CEMETERY CLUB; GREASE, starring Rosie O’Donnell; ME AND MY GIRL; CITY OF ANGELS as well as FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
While Company Managing the above mentioned productions Tom was an Associate Producer of ANNIE WARBUCKS at the Variety Arts Theatre.
Tom spent the early 90’s in London, working in the world-renowned Donmar Warehouse Theater in Covent Garden, where Tom worked with such companies as CHEEK BY JOWL; FASCINATING AIDA; and PETER DIRK UYS.
Tom Smedes is an alumnus of New York University where he received his MA in Theater Administration. He is a member of The Broadway League, The League of Off-Broadway Producers and Theatres; a member of the Lucille Lortel Award Nominating Committee; a US Board Member for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM).