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Alumni discuss producing for Broadway, April 25

Tony Award-winning producer Roger S. Berlind will discuss the art and business of "The Great White Way" in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg at 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Berlind Theatre.

The event, "From Medea to Madonna: Producing for Broadway," is this year's G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lecture, and it will take the form of a dialogue between the two distinguished Princeton alumni about the state of American theater. Berlind, whose extraordinary career as a Broadway producer spans more than 25 years, will be interviewed by Berg, who most recently published a memoir about legendary actress Katharine Hepburn.

Berlind, a member of the class of 1952, has won 12 Tonys. He has brought more than 50 plays and musicals to Broadway and London's West End, including "Amadeus," "City of Angels," "Proof" and celebrated revivals of "Guys and Dolls" and "Kiss Me, Kate." His current productions include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Doubt, a Parable," which was just awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Berg, a member of the class of 1971, won the Pulitzer for his acclaimed 1998 biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh. He also has written biographies of book editor Maxwell Perkins and movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

Both Berlind and Berg performed as undergraduates in the Triangle Club; as alumni, both have been University leaders, serving on the Board of Trustees. Berlind has been a prominent supporter of the arts at Princeton, and his generosity made possible the construction of the Roger S. Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center.

The Gilbert lecture was established in 1988 to bring innovative leaders in business, government and the professions to campus to discuss their ventures and the insights gained in their careers. This year's event is co-sponsored by the University's Council of the Humanities and the Program in Theater and Dance.

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