Indiana University Bloomington

IU alumna, Tony Award-winning producer Harriet Newman Leve to visit Bloomington campus

  • Feb. 26, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and Indiana University alumna Harriet Newman Leve will visit the Bloomington campus in March, where she'll work with theater students and speak publicly.

Among other activities, Leve will visit classes, work with graduate students participating in the university's recently reinvigorated playwriting program and attend a rehearsal for IU Theatre's upcoming production of "Guys and Dolls," which opens April 18.

In addition, she'll participate in a public Q-and-A discussion led by IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance chair Jonathan Michaelsen. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. March 11 in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre, located in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. It is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

"We are thrilled to welcome IU alumna Harriet Leve back to campus. Her work as a Broadway producer over the last several decades has been remarkable, and this is a wonderful opportunity for IU faculty, students and members of the community to hear Harriet talk about the way she chooses material, finds backers and puts together creative teams for productions on Broadway," Michaelsen said. "Harriet has the soul of an artist and has been able to balance commercial realities with her desire to produce artistically important work."

Perhaps best known for her work with "Stomp," which blends rhythmic sound, dance and musical performance, Leve has produced some of Broadway's most acclaimed shows.

Currently, she's producing one of Broadway's newest shows that's already garnered plenty of media buzz: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a musical comedy that tells the story of a transgender rock goddess. The title role is played by Neil Patrick Harris, who made headlines when he turned down the chance to host this year's Tony Awards because of his work with the production. The show opens April 22 at New York's Belasco Theatre.

Her production of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" opened in January in New York's Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The show tells King's story from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.

Leve's credits also include "Ann," about the late Texas governor Ann Richards; the Tony Award-winning production of "War Horse" at Lincoln Center, which tells the story of a boy's beloved horse sold to serve in the cavalry during World War I; the Tony Award-winning production of Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps," a riff on Hitchcock's 1935 film; and the Tony Award-winning production of Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests," which depicts Norman's ardent pursuit of his sister-in-law.

The Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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