Zev Buffman Returns to Florida

Famed South Florida theater producer Zev Buffman will become president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater in January, the performing arts center announced last week.

Buffman, one of the last theatrical impresarios, virtually created Florida’s touring circuit and helped evolve the forerunners of Broadway Across America. He developed shows in South Florida venues and then sent them out on the road and even to Broadway.

Over the decades, he had a hand in operating the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Jackie Gleason Performing Arts Center in Miami Beach, Parker Playhouse in Fort. Lauderdale, Royal Poinciana in West Palm Beach and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando. He also was involved in the opening of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with The Phantom of the Opera 20 years ago.

Most recently, Buffman spent eight years as president and CEO of the RiverPark Center of Performing Arts in Owensboro, Kentucky.

He lists his involvement as producer in 40 shows includes the Broadway productions of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes, and revivals of Oklahoma, West Side Story, Brigadoon and Peter Pan. 

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