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Prize-winning Broadway producer Stewart Lane to speak at URI, Oct. 16

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KINGSTON, R.I. – October 14, 2008 -- Stewart F. Lane, also known as Mr. Broadway, will speak about “theater production--yesterday and today”--at the University of Rhode Island Thursday, Oct. 16. His talk, free and open to the public, will be held in J Studio from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Lane is president and chief executive officer of Stellar Productions International Inc. and Stewart F. Lane Productions, Inc. He is a four- time Tony Award winner -- as producer for Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Will Rogers Follies, and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as a nine time nominee for Fiddler on the Roof (revival) starring Alfred Molina, Gypsy (revival) starring Bernadette Peters, 1776 (revival) starring Pat Hingle and Brent Spiner, The Goodbye Girl starring Martin Short and Bernadette Peters and Woman of the Year starring Lauren Bacall.

Lane is also the recipient of two Drama Desk Awards, a Drama Critics Circle Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award. Other Broadway shows he has also produced include the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, Cyrano De Bergerac starring Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner, and Daniel Sunjata, Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Legally Blonde the musical, Minnelli on Minnelli starring Liza Minnelli, Wait Until Dark starring Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei, Can-Can starring Zizi Jeanmaire, Frankenstein starring Dianne Wiest, Teaneck Tanzi starring Deborah Harry and Andy Kaufman, A Change in the Heir, The Grand Tour starring Joel Grey, West Side Story starring Debbie Allen and Lone Stars & Pvt. Wars.

Expanding into film and television, Lane produced the documentary Show Business: The Road to Broadway and Brooklyn Rules starring Alec Baldwin and Freddy Prinze Jr. Recently, Lane produced the Broadway production of Company starring Raul Esperaza and Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline for Great Performances on PBS. Also on PBS, he produced Live from Lincoln Center presents Camelot performed by the New York Philharmonic.

Lane wrote Let’s Put On A Show (Heinemann Publishing), and the plays In the Wings and If It Was Easy, which was published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association.

In addition to producing, Lane is the co-owner and operator of the Palace Theatre in N.Y. and partners in the Tribeca Grill Restaurant with Robert DeNiro.

Lane served on the board of directors at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. This past May, he was honored with the Actors Fund Medal of Honor. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor. For more information, click on www.mrbroadway.com and www.letsputonashow.biz.