Roger Horchow, a Cincinnati-born entrepreneur who parlayed a luxurious mail-order fortune right into a Tony Award-winning streak as a producer on Broadway, died Saturday in Dallas of most cancers. He was 91.
The founder in 1971 of he Horchow Assortment luxurious mail-order catalog, Horchow offered the corporate to Neiman Marcus in 1988, and by 1992 had gained his first Tony Award as producer of Loopy For You, a “new” George Gershwin musical impressed by 1930’s Lady Loopy. Directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Ockrent’s future spouse Susan Stroman, Loopy For You was a smash, garnering awards and audiences enthralled by its traditional Gershwin rating and refreshingly modern type.
Six years later Horchow and co-producer Roger Berlind mounted a revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, starring Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Michael Berresse. It, too, was successful, successful the Tony for Greatest Musical Revival.
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4 different Broadway productions, every of remarkable style and recognition, adopted: 2007’s Curtains, headlined by Debra Monk and David Hyde Pierce; 2008’s Gypsy, costarring Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti; 2012’s Annie, starring Kate Finneran, Anthony Warlow and, as little Annie, Lilla Crawford; and in 2017, Bandstand, starring Corey Cott, Laura Osnes and Beth Leavel.
In a 2017 interview with The Dallas Morning Information, Horchow mentioned, “I by no means thought I’d create a catalog. It was simply an thought I had, and I went with it. I by no means thought I’d be a producer. However as soon as I did, I went for broke. I didn’t skimp. I didn’t need to look again and say it will have labored if solely I had executed this or that. My perception is that in life you stumble into issues, however when you do, you do every part you’ll be able to to make it work.”
Horchow’s success as a collector and catalog magnate was chronicled by creator Malcolm Gladwell within the bestseller The Tipping Level. A resident of Dallas, Horchow served on the boards of the Dallas Museum of Artwork, vice-chairman of Dallas’ KERA public radio station, and numerous different Dallas cultural establishments. His East Coast ties have been demonstrated in board seats on the Museum of Trendy Artwork, the Whitney Museum, and Yale College Artwork Gallery.
Horchow’s years in Texas prompted a decent friendship with former President George W. Bush, who mentioned in an announcement at the moment, “Dallas misplaced an exquisite man at the moment with the passing of Roger Horchow. Roger was an individual of tradition, humor, and generosity. He was vital to Laura and me — and to so many lucky associates. We ship our heartfelt condolences to Roger’s daughters and grandchildren.”
Horchow was preceded in demise by his spouse, Carolyn Pfeifer, who died in 2009. He’s survived by three daughters, Regen Horchow Fearon, Lizzie Routman and Sally Horchow, and 5 granddaughters.
No memorial service is deliberate.