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Frank Gero

Stage Manager, Producer, Performer
( b. circa 1930 - d. Jan 18, 2014 ) Male
Relations: Father of Mark Gero
Husband of Woji Gero (? - ?)

Frank Gero was an actor and stage manager who reinvented himself mid-career as a producer. He produced more than 35 plays on stages on Broadway and Off-Broadway and in London's West End. His final Broadway credit was the hit play A Steady Rain, which starred Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.

He began his Broadway producing career somewhat inauspiciously with a 1979 staging of Eric Bentley's McCarthy-era docudrama Are You or Have You Ever Been?, a play he had previously produced with success Off-Broadway. (He also acted in the Off-Broadway version, playing Abe Burrows and Jerome Robbins.) It lasted a month, but his next effort, the gentle comedy On Golden Pond, was a more sizable success.

Other Broadway credits included Our Country's Good and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The former was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award. But his greatest achievement as a producer arguably came in 1992 when he backed the David Mamet two-hander Oleanna at the Orpheum Theater in the East Village. The ambiguous, controversial drama, about the contentious relationship between a professor and his student, generated furious debate regarding the issue of political correctness and its fallout. The production ran for a year and a half.

Mr. Gero -- who often produced with his wife Woji and once with his son Frank (On Golden Pond) -- scored another Off-Broadway success in 1982 with William Mastrosimone's drama Extremities. Other Off-Broadway credits included Key Exchange, Whistler, Some Men Need Help and Play Dead. Mr. Gero began his theatrical career as an actor, and made his Broadway debut in 1956 in Harold Clurman's production of Shaw's Major Barbara, starring Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Glynis Johns and Eli Wallach. He also wrote several plays in his early years. Mr. Gero soon after switched to stage managing, performing that function on productions of Step on a Crack, High Spirits and Flora, the Red Menace.

In London he presented Extremities, Breaking the Silence, Camille, Glengarry Glen Ross and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which began a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Source: Playbill.com

ProductionsDate of Productions
A Steady Rain
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Frank Gero
Sep 29, 2009 - Dec 06, 2009
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Frank Gero
Apr 28, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005
Our Country's Good
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Frank Gero
Apr 29, 1991 - Jun 08, 1991
On Golden Pond
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Frank Gero
Sep 12, 1979 - Apr 20, 1980
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Frank Gero
  • Performer: Frank Gero [Abe Burrows, Jerome Robbins]
Feb 06, 1979 - Mar 04, 1979
[Musical, Operetta, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Frank Gero
Nov 29, 1965 - Dec 11, 1965
Flora, The Red Menace
[Musical, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Frank Gero
May 11, 1965 - Jul 24, 1965
High Spirits
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Frank Gero
  • Production Stage Manager: Frank Gero
         - Replacement
Apr 07, 1964 - Feb 27, 1965
Step on a Crack
[Play, Original]
  • Stage Manager: Frank Gero
Oct 17, 1962 - Oct 17, 1962
Major Barbara
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Frank Gero [Footman]
Oct 30, 1956 - May 18, 1957
1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
Frank Gero (for "Oleanna") [nominee]
1991 Tony Award® Best Play
Our Country's Good [nominee]
Produced by Frank Gero
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