Marvin A. Krauss

Manager, Producer, Stage Manager

Also known as: Marvin Krauss

Male

Born: October 11, 1928
New York, New York, USA

Died: October 22, 2002
New York, New York, USA

Marvin A. Krauss, the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer who started out as a stage manager but was also a respected and sought-after general manager for many Broadway productions, died Oct. 22, 2002, after complications from a long illness. Marvin A. Krauss, the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer who started out as a stage manager but was also a respected and sought-after general manager for many Broadway productions, died Oct. 22 after complications from a long illness.

Mr. Krauss, who turned 74 Oct. 11, enjoyed a varied career in the theatre, working as a Broadway and stock stage manager in the 1950s before taking on general management duties. According to the Internet Broadway Database, his first Broadway credit as a general manager was on the 1961 musical, The Happiest Girl in the World, though his son said that list is incomplete, and there are dozens of other shows on his father's resume. His most recent credit, according to the IBDB was general managing Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, in 2000. Since the early 1970s, Mr. Krauss operated from offices in several Broadway theatres under the shingle of Marvin A. Krauss Associates Inc.

According to his Playbill bio for La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Best Musical Tony, he made his Broadway debut as a producer with Ronald Ribman's The Poison Tree, followed by Isaac Bashevis Singer's Teibele and Her Demon. He was a co-producer of the smash musical, La Cage; the musical, Merlin, with Doug Henning; and a national tour of 'Master Harold'...and the boys starring James Earl Jones.

His general management credits include such Broadway productions such as Passion, The Life, Indiscretions, The Will Rogers Follies, Grand Hotel, Romance/Romance, the original Dreamgirls and its 1987 revival, Dancin', Godspell, Butterflies Are Free and the Angela Lansbury revival of Gypsy, among many others.

He also general managed many concert engagements of performers such as Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Patti LuPone, Charles Aznavour, Gilda Radner and others, as well as specialty shows such as the South American dance show, Oba Oba.

He was also executive producer of Legs Diamond, the significant Broadway flop.

"He was one of kind," said Joey Parnes, a producer and general manager who started as an assistant company manager and became a general manager under Mr. Krauss' wing. "There's no easy way to describe how great he was at what he did. He was first and foremost an incredible mentor and teacher to so many people in the business. And an incredible producer-general manger who basically would solve any problem."

Parnes told Playbill On-Line Mr. Krauss was so sought after by the major producers because "he always had the big picture and always served the show. Producers and directors really trusted him. He was always looking out for their interest and what was best for the show. There was not a problem he wasn't willing to tackle and always found a solution everyone could accept."

His stage management background made him especially aware of the world of the show, Parnes said.

"There's no question he knew his way around a backstage in ways other producers and general managers did not," Parnes said.

"To see him go backstage and visit his crew, which he took from show to show, was something," recalled longtime press agent Shirley Herz, who worked on shows with Mr. Krauss. "He's one of the few general managers who could say, 'Why doesn't that winch get pulled over here?', and know what he was talking about. I remember he produced Legs Diamond, one of the first computerized shows, and he was fuming — he wanted to get rid of the computers. He saw a lot of changes in theatre over the years. The knowledge he had in his head could never be written down."

Herz added, "If you made a mistake you heard about it. He could be tough, but he had a big heart. Once any conflict was over, he loved you."

Son Seth Krauss, a prosecutor, was tempted to go into show business rather than law, but felt he couldn't fill his father's shoes, he said. Still, he traveled with his parents to out-of-town engagements when he was a schoolboy.

"I grew up in the theatre, I went on the road with him," Seth Krauss said. "I nearly didn't graduate to the next level of elementary school because I was absent. That was the days of pre-Broadway runs in Boston and Philly..."

The 32-year-old Seth Krauss, an assistant district attorney who fights white collar crime, called his dad a de-facto attorney who brilliantly wrote contracts for shows and handled union negotiations on behalf of the League of American Theatre and Producers. The younger Krauss said the League theatres would dim their Broadway marquees Oct. 23 in memory of his father.

Mr. Krauss was born and raised in the Bronx and studied at CCNY. His father was a dressmaker, his mother a housewife. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and grown children, Anne, Robin, Nina and Seth. Funeral service is 11:45 AM Oct. 24 at the Riverside in Manhattan.

"My dad was a very successful, financially, but the money was not what he was about," Seth Krauss said. "He was always about the people, the art and sharing and teaching."

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The Life The Life
Apr. 26, 1997 - Jun. 7, 1998
General Manager
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Annie Annie
Mar. 26, 1997 - Oct. 19, 1997
General Manager
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Getting Away with Murder Getting Away with Murder
Mar. 17, 1996 - Mar. 31, 1996
General Manager
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Comedy Tonight Comedy Tonight
Dec. 18, 1994 - Dec. 25, 1994
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Tuna Christmas A Tuna Christmas
Dec. 15, 1994 - Jan. 1, 1995
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Moscow Circus - Cirk Valentin Moscow Circus - Cirk Valentin
Nov. 6, 1991 - Dec. 1, 1991
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Peter Pan Peter Pan
Dec. 13, 1990 - Jan. 20, 1991
Tour Direction
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Grand Hotel Grand Hotel
Nov. 12, 1989 - Apr. 25, 1992
In Association with
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Playbill Cover - Dangerous Games Dangerous Games
Oct. 19, 1989 - Oct. 21, 1989
General Manager
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Playbill Cover - Legs Diamond Legs Diamond
Dec. 26, 1988 - Feb. 19, 1989
Executive Producer
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Playbill Cover - Romance / Romance Romance / Romance
May 1, 1988 - Jan. 15, 1989
Produced in association with
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Playbill Cover - Oba Oba Oba Oba
Mar. 29, 1988 - May 8, 1988
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Don't Get God Started Don't Get God Started
Oct. 29, 1987 - Jan. 10, 1988
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Mort Sahl on Broadway! Mort Sahl on Broadway!
Oct. 11, 1987 - Nov. 1, 1987
Executive Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Dreamgirls Dreamgirls
Jun. 28, 1987 - Nov. 29, 1987
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Rags Rags
Aug. 21, 1986 - Aug. 23, 1986
Producer
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    General Manager
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Playbill Cover - La Cage aux Folles La Cage aux Folles
Aug. 21, 1983 - Nov. 15, 1987
Co-Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Merlin Merlin
Feb. 13, 1983 - Aug. 7, 1983
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Little Johnny Jones Little Johnny Jones
Mar. 21, 1982 - Mar. 21, 1982
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Can-Can Can-Can
Apr. 30, 1981 - May 3, 1981
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Broadway Follies Broadway Follies
Mar. 15, 1981 - Mar. 15, 1981
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Frankenstein Frankenstein
Jan. 4, 1981 - Jan. 4, 1981
Associate Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Teibele and Her Demon Teibele and Her Demon
Dec. 16, 1979 - Jan. 6, 1980
Producer
(Original)
 
The Madwoman of Central Park West
Jun. 13, 1979 - Aug. 25, 1979
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Richard III Richard III
Jun. 10, 1979 - Jul. 15, 1979
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Up in One Up in One
May 23, 1979 - Jul. 1, 1979
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Goodbye People The Goodbye People
Apr. 30, 1979 - Apr. 30, 1979
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - King of Hearts King of Hearts
Oct. 22, 1978 - Dec. 3, 1978
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Dancin' Dancin'
Mar. 27, 1978 - Jun. 27, 1982
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Merchant The Merchant
Nov. 16, 1977 - Nov. 20, 1977
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Beatlemania Beatlemania
May 31, 1977 - Oct. 17, 1979
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - American Buffalo American Buffalo
Feb. 16, 1977 - Jun. 11, 1977
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - An Evening with Diana Ross An Evening with Diana Ross
Jun. 14, 1976 - Jul. 3, 1976
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Something's Afoot Something's Afoot
May 27, 1976 - Jul. 18, 1976
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Poison Tree The Poison Tree
Jan. 8, 1976 - Jan. 11, 1976
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Gypsy Gypsy
Sep. 23, 1974 - Jan. 4, 1975
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Magic Show The Magic Show
May 28, 1974 - Dec. 31, 1978
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Liza Liza
Jan. 6, 1974 - Jan. 26, 1974
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Children! Children! Children! Children!
Mar. 7, 1972 - Mar. 7, 1972
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - 70, Girls, 70 70, Girls, 70
Apr. 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Minnie's Boys Minnie's Boys
Mar. 26, 1970 - May 30, 1970
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Butterflies Are Free Butterflies Are Free
Oct. 21, 1969 - Jul. 2, 1972
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sherry! Sherry!
Mar. 28, 1967 - May 27, 1967
Associate Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Catch Me If You Can Catch Me If You Can
Mar. 9, 1965 - Jun. 5, 1965
General Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Happiest Girl in the World The Happiest Girl in the World
Apr. 3, 1961 - Jun. 24, 1961
General Manager
(Original)
 
Le Chien du Jardinier / Les Adieux
Feb. 18, 1957 - Feb. 23, 1957
Production Stage Manager
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    Production Stage Manager
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Intermezzo
Feb. 14, 1957 - Feb. 16, 1957
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Les Nuits De La Colere / Feu La Mere De Madame
Feb. 11, 1957 - Feb. 13, 1957
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
    Production Stage Manager
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Volpone
Feb. 4, 1957 - Feb. 6, 1957
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Story for a Sunday Evening A Story for a Sunday Evening
Nov. 17, 1950 - Nov. 25, 1950
Assistant Stage Manager
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