Gary Blumsack

About

Gary Blumsack has become one the most prolific and influential theatre producers in Los Angeles over the last 20 years.  In the 1990’s Gary created both The Hudson Theatres and The Lillian Theatres, pioneering what would become known as Theatre Row in Hollywood.  He produced a series of acclaimed productions, including the hugely successful “Reefer Madness” which went on to open on Broadway in 2001 with Jimmy Nederlander at the helm.
 
As Artistic Director of The Hayworth Theatre since 2004, Gary has presented such critically acclaimed productions as “Not A Genuine Black Man”, “Nowhere On The Border”, “The Good Steno”, “Walkin’ Through The Fire”, “Havana Bourgeois”, “Catskill Sonata”, “Adam Baum and the Jew Movie” and “Frank Sinatra F*#ked Up My Life”, which he also directed.  Gary received an LA Weekly Award for directing “Sexy Laundry”, starring Frances Fisher and Paul Ben-Victor.  The award winning, “Lovelace, A Rock Opera” was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2010.
 
Gary is currently developing a new musical entitled “Ed Wood Monsters of Hollywood” which will have its world premier at The Hayworth Theatre in the fall of 2011.  Gary also developed Diary of a Dadman with Rick Najera, a one-man show about Najera’s life which was presented at San Diego Repertory Theatre in 2009 and was the Executive Producer of the show when it aired as part of Showtime’s LOL Comedy Series in January of this year.

Company

The Hayworth

Now in our sixth year of presenting exceptional and thought provoking theatrical productions, The Hayworth Theatre is conveniently located in Los Angeles’ Historic Wilshire District. Formerly a movie theater and dance studio, The Hayworth has been transformed into Los Angeles’ hottest and most vibrant theatre and performing arts center. This two story stucco – over brick structure houses a 99 seat theatre, 42 seat theatre, 49 seat theatre, dressing room, green room and a 1500 sq ft ballroom perfect for auditions, rehearsals, classes, parties and special events. The Hayworth Theatre designated in 1983 as Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument 268, is representative of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, also called the ornate Churriqueresque style. The building was designed in 1926 by noted architect Stiles O. Clements, a major Los Angeles figure, who designed about 100 buildings along Wilshire Blvd.
 
Over the past five years The Hayworth has produced critically acclaimed productions including “Not a Genuine Black Man”, “Nowhere On The Border”, “The Good Steno” , “Sexy Laundry”, (for which Artistic Director, Gary Blumsack, won an L.A. Weekly Award for Directing) and “The Catskill Sonata” and “Adam Baum and the Jew Movie” directed by Paul Mazursky. The Hayworth’s critically acclaimed and award winning production, “Lovelace, A Rock Opera” was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2010.

Credits

Producer (13+ titles)

Ed Wood Monsters of Hollywood  (2011 Theater Production)
Diary of a Dadman  (2010 Theater Production,  TV Feature)
Lovelace, A Rock Opera  (2010-11 Theater Production)
Sexy Laundry (2008-9 Theater Production)
Frank Sinatra F*#ked Up My Life  (2007 Theater Production)
Adam Baum and the Jew Movie  (2007 Theater Production)
Catskill Sonata  (2006 Theater Production)
Havana Bourgeois  (2006 Theater Production)
Walkin’ Through The Fire  (2005 Theater Production)
The Good Steno  (2005 Theater Production)
Nowhere On The Border  (2004 Theater Production)
Not A Genuine Black Man  (2004 Theater Production)
Reefer Madness (2000 Theater Production)

Director (2+ titles)

Sexy Laundry (2008-9 Theater Production)
Frank Sinatra F*#ked Up My Life  (2007 Theater Production)

Awards

L.A. Weekly Theater Awards

Sexy Laundry, at the Hayworth Theatre, Gary Blumsack Direction Winner.

The Ovation Awards

Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Lead Actress in a Musical – Katrina Lenk - Nomination

Backstage West Garland Awards

Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Performance in a Musical Production – Katrina Lenk – Winner
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Musical Score – Anna Waronker & Charlotte Caffey – Winnner
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Music Direction - Anna Waronker & Charlotte Caffey - Nomination
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Direction – Ken Sawyer - Nomination
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Performance in a Musical Production - Josh Greene - Nomination
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Performance in a Musical Production – Jimmy Swan - Nomination

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle

Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Musical Score – Anna Waronker & Charlotte Caffey - Nomination
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Direction of a Musical – Ken Sawyer - Nomination
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Lead Performance in a Musical – Katrina Lenk - Nomination
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Featured Performance in a Musical – Jimmy Swan - Nomination

LA Weekly Awards

Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Director of a Musical – Ken Sawyer – Win
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Performance in a Musical – Katrina Lenk – Win
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best Ensemble Cast in a Musical – Company – Win
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Musical of the Year – Nomination

Stage Scene Awards

Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Outstanding Achievement by a Director (Musical) – Ken Sawyer
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actor (Musical) - Jimmy Swan
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Outstanding Achievement by a lead Actress (Musical) - Katrina Lenk
Lovelace: A Rock Opera, Best World Premier Musical – Anna Waronker & Charlotte Caffey

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