The Producer

Growing up in New York City, Arlene Scanlan went to Broadway plays the way other kids went to the playground. After every opening night, she could be found at the front of the crowd in the alley next to the theater, clutching Playbill to her chest, waiting for the stars to come out: Rosalind Russell in Mame, Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl, Carol Channing in Hello Dolly, Joel Grey and Lisa Minelli in Cabaret, Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Eventually, all of them did.

“I never once went to a show where we didn’t wait at the stage door,” she recalls. “In the snow, in the rain, in the cold, in the heat. Late at night, until one in the morning. No matter how long it took, my parents waited with me because I wanted their autographs.” Now the Westport resident is back on Broadway, enjoying a slightly different perspective.

Her coproduction of On Golden Pond, starring James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams, opened to rave reviews at the Cort Theatre on West 48th Street in Manhattan’s theater district, and is currently a runaway hit. It comes on the heels of Two Cities, a musical she produced based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, which sold out ten shows at the Rich Forum in Stamford last summer.

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