Broadway producer has Tulane roots

July 30, 2014 8:45 AM

Mary Sparacello

Alumnus Terry Schnuck with cast members of the play 'Falling'

Terry Schnuck, third from left, Tony Award–winning producer, is pictured with the cast of the play Falling, from left, Lori Adams (director), Celia Howard, Daniel Pearce, Julia Murney, Jacey Powers and Daniel Everidge. (Photo from Terry Schnuck)

“I’ve always loved show business ever since I was a kid ...” — Terry Schnuck

Tulane University alumnus Terry Schnuck is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer whose Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, about the life of singer-songwriter Carole King, garnered two Tony Awards in June.

When Schnuck graduated from Tulane in 1975 with a degree in economics, he never imagined he would produce over 20 Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

After Tulane, he got his JD and MBA in his hometown of St. Louis, married and raised a family, and worked as general counsel of his family’s grocery business, Schnuck Markets.

“I’ve always loved show business ever since I was a kid, but realized later in life that if I died without exercising the creative side of my mind I was not going to be a happy person,” Schnuck says. “So I made a decision to shift gears and careers when I turned 50.”

His credits include Spring Awakening, which won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Of all his productions, Schnuck is proudest of a play entitled Falling that tells the story of a family raising a severely autistic teenage son.

“I was overwhelmed when I saw the original production at a small theater in St. Louis and just thought that more people needed to see it, and so I put up a commercial production in New York.”

After strong reviews in New York, Falling is now showing up in theaters around the country and internationally (Brazil in 2015).

Next up for Schnuck is a revival of You Can’t Take it With You starring James Earl Jones, scheduled to start in the fall on Broadway.

Schnuck has fond recollections of his time at Tulane.

“My favorite memories of Tulane are generally just the wonderful, unique New Orleans atmosphere,” he says. “I like to tell folks that I never let the books get in the way of my education!”

Mary Sparacello is a communications specialist in the Office of Development Communications.

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