Tom Gabbard has been President/CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts since 2003. The Blumenthal’s 110 employees manage six theaters in Charlotte, hosting over 1,000 performances annually, as well as extensive education and enrichment programs. The Blumenthal during his tenure has become one of the Top 10 markets for touring Broadway shows in North America. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, serving on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee. He has been a voter for Broadway’s Tony Awards since 1997.
He is a co-producer/investor in dozens of productions for Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours and London’s West End, including Legally Blonde, Porgy & Bess, Frost/Nixon, The Color Purple, Matilda, Cinderella, RED, The Mountaintop, If/Then, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty, Ghost, Ragtime and West Side Story. He produced the New York run and national tour of TRACES, and the national tour of 9 to 5. He received Tony Awards as a co-producer/investor of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage aux Folles, RED, Pippin and Kinky Boots. He has been a leader in developing partnerships between the UK and US, having led over 19 different shows transferred both directions between the UK and US.
Tom serves as Vice-President of the Independent Presenters Network, the Board of Managers of Audience Rewards, and the Finance Committees of the Broadway National Alliance for Musical Theater. Previously he served as the Managing Director of Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts in Malibu, the Executive Director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Denver, and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay.
He holds an MBA in Arts Management from Golden Gate University, as well as a BA in Music Performance from Pepperdine University where he also attended Law School. He has been a lecturer in arts management at Davidson College.
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