Title: Broadway Producer
Company: Rick Steiner Productions, Inc.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Rick Harris Steiner, Broadway Producer at Rick Steiner Productions, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theater, marketing and business.
A renowned figure in the realm of theater, Mr. Steiner accrued nearly 40 years of practiced industry experience prior to his passing in 2016. A co-producer and investor focusing on musicals and stage plays, he was actively involved in the production of multiple award-winning musicals, including “Big River,” “Into the Woods,” “The Secret Garden,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “The Producers,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Hairspray,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Honeymoon in Vegas,” among many others. Additionally, he was active producing the stage plays “Topdog/Underdog” and “August: Osage County.” His tenacious and brilliant contributions to the theater earned him five Tony Awards and at the time of his death, Mr. Steiner had been working on a musical adaptation of “Bull Durham.” Alongside his prominent theater work, he invested in Chi-Chi’s restaurants and served as co-owner of the Cincinnati Reds.
Having acted in several plays in his formative years, Mr. Steiner was interested in theater and musicals from a very young age. To prepare for his career, he pursued formal education at the University of Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1968. Thereafter, he attended the University of Chicago, where he received a Master of Business Administration in 1970. In light of his prestige in the industry, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Entrepreneur Award from the University of Chicago Graduate Business School in 2004 and was inducted into to his alma mater Walnut Hills High School’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
Locally involved, Mr. Steiner was an active member of his community. He was a board member of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts. Demonstrating versatility in his areas of expertise, he was also a professional poker player who knew when to hold them and when to fold them. Mr. Steiner won the World Series of Poker and as well as seven-card-stud-title. He had also won the Super Bowl of Poker, the Superstars of Poker and the Diamond Jim Brady Tournament, receiving trophies for his skills at the table.
In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Steiner was honored with several accolades, including 12 Tony Awards for “The Producers,” seven Tony Awards for “Big River,” and five Tony Awards for “August: Osage County.” Likewise, he also received a Memorial Dedication by the Black Box Theater in 2018.
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