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|Born||July 14, 1957|
New York, NY
|Parent(s)||Bernice Levey Denoff|
|Family||Sharon Shore (step-mother)|
Douglas Denoff (born July 14, 1957) is a five-time Tony Award-Nominated Broadway theatre producer, writer and entrepreneur. He has won the Drama Desk Award as a producer and television's Emmy Award, and, in 2012 received his first Grammy Award nomination. Through his company Sutton Square Entertainment, he develops and produces original new musicals and plays that can be successful on Broadway, and in regional theatres and touring companies.
Denoff was represented on Broadway in 2019 as a co-producer of "Slave Play" by Jeremy O. Harris. Denoff also co-produced "Sea Wall/A Life" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturredge, which recouped its entire investment within its limited 9-week run at the Hudson Theatre.
Denoff was a co-producer of the hit new musical "Pretty Woman" which opened August 16, 2018 and ran until August 18, 2019. Pretty Woman continues around the world with productions in Hamburg in 2019, London beginning February 2020 and a north American tour in 2020.
Denoff is the lead producer of the new Broadway musical entertainment, "Dance! Dance! Dance The Broadway Musical" a celebration of Broadway's best choreography as recreated by the collaborators of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century. The show will play a limited engagement on Broadway in 2021 followed by tours in North American and international markets.
Denoff and Larry Hirschhorn will produce the first revival on Broadway since 1982 of "The Pirates Of Penzance" in a star-studded production directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.
Denoff is co-producing the new musical "Diana" based on the life of Princess Diana of Wales written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. Diana began performances on Broadway March 2, 2020 at the Longacre Theatre; opening night in 2021 to be announced.
Denoff is co-producing the new musical "Marie, The Little Dancer" directed by five-time Tony-winner Susan Stroman written by Tony-winners Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens, which premieres March 22 at the Fifth Avenue Theatre starring Tiler Peck.
In the 2018–2019 season Denoff received his fifth Tony nomination for co-producing the critically acclaimed revival of Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song" on Broadway at the Second Stage Hayes Theatre which ran through January 6, 2019. The critically acclaimed play starred Michael Urie and Mercedes Reuhl and was directed by Moises Kaufman.
Denoff also co-produced the new play "American Son" by Christopher Demos-Brown. The 16-week limited engagement starred Kerry Washington, Stephen Pasquale, Eugene Lee and Jeremy Jordan and was directed by Kenny Leon. "American Son" ran from November 4, 2018, through January 27, 2019, and is now being adapted for film by Netflix.
Denoff was represented on Broadway in 2017–2018 as a co-producer of "John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons", for which he received his 4th Tony nomination and which recouped its investment in 14.5 weeks. Mr. Leguizamo was also awarded a Special Tony Award for his body of work.
Denoff was represented on Broadway in 2016 as a co-producer of the hit revival of “Fiddler On The Roof” at the Broadway Theatre, for which he received his third Tony nomination as a coproducer, and also co-produced David Mamet’s "China Doll" starring Al Pacino.
Denoff was a lead producer in 2015 of the hit play “Clever Little Lies” by two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro. The play, directed by David Saint, starred Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe winner Marlo Thomas, Greg Mullavey, Kate Weatherhead, and George Merrick. Denoff supported the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” and received his second Tony nomination as a co-producer of the 2012 musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara.
Denoff received his first Tony nomination in 2008 as a producer of "The 39 Steps", the hit comedy which ran over three years and 1135 performances on Broadway; the longest-running play in over 7 years. Denoff was lead producer on the hit revival of “39 Steps” which began performances at the Union Square Theatre on April 1, 2015, and ran until the theatres’ closing on January 3, 2016.
Denoff plans to move the show back to Broadway in the 2018–2019 season. The production is a Critic's Pick from both Time Out New York, and the New York Times, whose Ben Brantley calls the play “This century’s most tireless and high-profile example of the little show that could…” and says it's “Delightfully Dizzy…virtuosic…gallant and giggly.” Entertainment Weekly calls “39 Steps” “A unique piece of screwball comedy” and NBC New York calls this production “A welcome revival!” The production also created the wildly successful red #nosie campaign.
He was lead producer of "Handle With Care", the romantic comedy by Emmy®-nominated author Jason Odell Williams, starring the legendary Tony®-nominee Carol Lawrence, directed by Karen Carpenter ("Love, Loss, and What I Wore").
It had an extended run at the Westside Theatre in 2012–2013 and is now being licensed worldwide and being made into a theatrical motion picture. In addition to producing Karen Carpenter's production of “Handle With Care”, Denoff also produced her production of the new play “Witnessed By The World” at 59E59.
In 2012, Denoff co-produced the Grammy-nominated Original Cast Album of "Nice Work If You Can Get It " as the launch release of his new record label Shout! Broadway in partnership with Shout! Factory. In 2013 they produced the 2012 Broadway Cast Album of “Annie” along with 12-time Grammy-winning Album Producer Thomas Z. Shepard, and have released the Cast Recording of “Scandalous” and several notable solo albums.
Denoff began his entertainment career in 1977 as the Assistant to the Producers of the original long-running CBS television series Hawaii Five-O, ultimately working as the Associate Producer overseeing post-production.
In 1980 he worked as the line producer of the ABC Television film "A Time For Miracles" and then secured the rights to a front-page story that was to become an NBC Movie. The 1981 Writers' Guild strike put all productions on hold for over one year. While working from home in the era before call-waiting and needing multiple phone lines, he salvaged an unused multi-line phone system for his own use. Months later, he was asked if he could install a similar system for another businessman, and subsequently formed one of the early telephone interconnect companies, Dencom Systems, Inc.; installing business phone systems for commercial clients in the Los Angeles area. The company gained prominence by guaranteeing 1-hour emergency service response 24 hours a day. It assumed the service contracts of a number of much larger competitors who left the industry. Recognized several times by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US, Dencom grew to over 20 employees in Santa Monica. In 1992, Denoff learned that long-distance services could be re-sold and formed an affiliated company, Fibernet, Inc. to resell the long-distance services of major carriers and provide clear, integrated monthly statements. By offering discounts on the telephone systems to Dencom customers in return for term contracts on the monthly long-distance services, Fibernet quickly became a flourishing business.
In 2003, however, Denoff began to downsize the companies in preparation for his long-desired relocation back to New York City, and a return to a creative career.
Denoff is the son of television writer/producer Sam Denoff and his first wife Bernice Levey. He has one full sister Leslie, and two half siblings, Melissa and Matthew, from his father's second marriage to dancer Sharon Shore. He was born in New York City attended nursery school at the Hunter College Elementary School. His family moved to Los Angeles at the age of 4 1/2. He grew up in Beverly Hills, attending El Rodeo Elementary School and Beverly Hills High School, where he worked in the theatre department; building sets and running lights for the schools' musicals and plays. He attended UCLA, majoring in English and Computer Science.