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    Posted November 25, 2008

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Gerald Schoenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Shubert Organization, Dies at 84

Broadway Lights Dim In His Honor

( Nov 25, 2008) Gerald Schoenfeld, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Shubert Organization, Inc., a theatre organization engaged in the ownership and operation of legitimate theatres in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. died suddenly at his home in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 25 th, 2008. Mr. Schoenfeld was 84 years old.

A vibrant and vital figure on Broadway for more than five decades, Mr. Schoenfeld has served as Chairman of The Shubert Organization since 1972. The Shubert Organization has been an essential factor in the production of such distinguished theatrical attractions as INDISCRETIONS, DIRTY BLONDE, PASSION, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, AMADEUS, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, CATS, JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, DANCIN', AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', DREAMGIRLS, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SKYLIGHT, CLOSER, THE BLUE ROOM, AMY'S VIEW, DANCE OF DEATH, last season's PASSING STRANGE and the current Broadway revival of EQUUS.

"Gerald Schoenfeld was a true man of the theater and unequaled in his vision and leadership ," said AEA President Mark Zimmerman and Executive Director John P. Connolly. "A gentleman in every way, he was also a fair but tough bargainer at the negotiating table and worked tirelessly to keep Broadway the gold standard in American theater. His passing is a great loss to us all, and our sympathies go to his family, the Shubert Organization and our colleagues in the theater. "

During his tenure, Mr. Schoenfeld committed the Organization to a vigorous participation in community and civic affairs and was a leader in the successful effort to revitalize and enhance the image of Times Square and Midtown. The Organization is also actively engaged in supporting the Board of Education of the City of New York in the reintroduction of art and culture K through 12 in the city's public schools. Mr. Schoenfeld served as Chairman of the Mayor's Midtown Citizens Committee.

Mr. Schoenfeld is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat Schoenfeld; a daughter Carrie Schoenfeld-Guglielmi, his son-in-law Fiore Guglielmi, and two grandchildren, Sam Schatz and Julia Schatz. His brother Irving of Los Angeles also survives.

In a statement, The Shubert Organization said, "Jerry's passing is an enormous loss to The Shubert Organization and to the theatre community. His love and passion for the theatre represented a major contribution in the revival of the Broadway theatre."

At the family's request, funeral arrangements will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In honor of Mr. Schoenfeld, all Broadway theatres will dim their lights this evening, November 25th, for one minute starting at 7 p.m.

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