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Remembering Randy Weeks
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
If there were a Tony Award for Best Broadway Presenter, Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA) President and Broadway Executive Director D. Randall “Randy” Weeks would have received it. But perhaps it was a bigger honor to receive that very award from his national peers at The Broadway League, a group of 700+ theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters and general managers who bring Broadway to more than 30 million people in New York and more than 200 cities across North America. He was a giant among giants.

Randy died on Thursday, Oct. 9 at age 59 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel in London, while attending the Independent Producers Network conference.

Randy’s relationship with the DCPA began in 1978 when he started working in the box office while earning his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado. Despite a foray into his parents' restaurant business, Randy’s first love was the theatre. He was serving as Theatre Operations Manager at the Kennedy Center, when local Broadway presenter Bob Garner tapped Randy to take the helm of Denver Center Attractions in 1989.

Since then, Randy presented more than 400 shows — including 10 national touring premieres ("The Book of Mormon," "Pippin," "Peter and the Starcatcher," "Disney’s The Lion King," "Sunset Boulevard," and the revival of "A Chorus Line" among others) and the pre-Broadway engagement of "Disney’s The Little Mermaid." Collectively, he entertained more than 11.6 million guests throughout Colorado and well beyond.

Memorial gifts can be made to The Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for the Bobby G Awards, which supports the advancement of musical theatre for Colorado high school students. Please make checks payable to Denver Center for the Performing Arts and mail to: DCPA Development Office, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO 80204.

A tribute on Friday, Oct. 10 throughout the Denver Performing Arts Complex included dimmed lights, pre-show announcements, a moment of silence and visual displays. A compilation of this tribute can be seen on YouTube.

  
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