BRUCE ROBERT HARRIS and JACK W. BATMAN are two time Tony Award-winning Broadway Producers. Since 2005, they have produced over forty plays and musicals for Broadway, London’s West End, Off-Broadway, regional theatres, and national and international tours and festivals plus many private and corporate events.
Currently they are producing the 70th Anniversary production of the classic Bernstein/Comden and Green musical On The Town; a revival of Kaufman and Hart’s hilarious comedy You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl Jones; Andrew Lippa’s oratorio I Am Harvey Milk starring Kristin Chenoweth which they are presenting at Lincoln Center; and the West End production of Kander and Ebb’s final musical collaboration, The Scottsboro Boys, which has already received the London Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and four Olivier nominations.
They are producers of the first-ever Broadway revival of the musical Pippin, which won the 2013 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival and is still playing to sell-out audiences at the Music Box Theatre. They are also producers of the first national tour of Pippin which is currently playing major dates around the country. Their production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.
Other recent credits include the Broadway productions of the new Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, which won 3 Tony Awards and received 10 Tony Award nominations; Bonnie & Clyde (3 Tony Award nominations); the Broadway production of The Scottsboro Boys (12 Tony Award nominations); The Judy Show starring Judy Gold and Leslie Jordan's My Trip Down The Pink Carpet both Off Broadway; and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves and My Trip Down The Pink Carpet in London’s West End.
In addition, they are founding producers of GAYFEST NYC, Inc., a not-for-profit arts organization that discovers, develops and produces new theatre works arising out of the LGBT experience and, as its mission, underwrites and supports in-school elective and mentoring programs and college scholarships for students of The Harvey Milk High School, a fully-accredited, voluntary NYC public high school focusing on the educational needs of children who are in crisis or at risk of physical violence and/or emotional harm in a traditional educational environment. Since June 2007, GAYFEST NYC, Inc. has provided 43 scholarships to graduates of the school.
For the White Plains Performing Arts Center they produced two seasons of major musical revivals: Man of La Mancha, Ragtime, Ain’t Misbehavin’, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Camelot, Oliver! and a highly acclaimed production of A Little Night Music directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne and starring Tony Award nominees Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby. They are currently in pre-production for a new comedy, A Room of My Own by Charles Messina that they will soon be bringing to Broadway, and for the Los Angeles audience-immersive, environmental production of the legendary Carrie the Musical scheduled to open in the spring at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Bruce and Jack are also highly experienced Executive Producers and Event Producers with numerous credits separately and together. Bruce is a graduate of Juilliard, a very successful former dancer and international entertainer and a startlingly inventive producer of theatre, recordings and special events. Jack began his professional career in the legendary mailroom at the William Morris Agency. His background includes major theatre casting and film production and he was one of a small team that founded Chelsea Piers in New York City. Bruce and Jack met at and are graduates of the Commercial Theater Institute.
IVY AUSTIN (Associate Producer) is a native New Yorker and lifelong entertainment professional. Her performance career has taken her from Broadway to New York City Opera, to National Public Radio, and “Sesame Street.” She created and produced countless musical series at the The World Financial Center in collaboration with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Camp Broadway, the Library of Congress, WNYC, and WFC Arts & Events, featuring premier artists from Broadway, Opera, Jazz, and Rock & Roll. Guest stars Rita Moreno, Judy Kaye, Tovah Feldshuh, Rob Fisher, Marin Mazzie, Christine Ebersole, Bill Charlap, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andrea McArdle, and Ann Hampton Callaway appeared in Ivy’s acclaimed events, “Women On Broadway,” “Women in Cabaret,” “The Tony Awards-50 Years of Broadway’s Best Musicals,” “A Centennial Salute to George & Ira Gershwin,” “Happy Birthday New York!,” “Songs from Shubert Stages,” “Spring Fling,” and “Great Songwriters of Hollywood.”
Ivy Austin’s success as featured vocalist and voice-over artist on “A Prairie Home Companion” lead to creating and producing radio specials for National Public Radio, “Christmas at Rainbow Corner,” (Co-Producer) and “Her Funny Valentine,” (Producer).
Current theatrical projects are Sweetie (Associate Producer) directed by Patricia Birch, and Miss Valentine--Theatre for the Heart (Producer).
Singer, writer, lyricist, educator, and mother, Ivy is a graduate of Performing Arts and Colgate University. She is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and League of Professional Theatre Women. ivyaustin.com