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About the Producers

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Bob Kaminsky

Peter Kaminsky

Mark Krantz

Cappy McGarr

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. Under the guidance of Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman and President Michael M. Kaiser, the seven theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility annually host approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totaling two million; Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 20 million more. Now in its 36th season, the Center presents the greatest examples of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliate, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Center’s achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in more than 150 theatrical productions and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works. The Center has produced and co-produced Annie, Guys and Dolls, the American premiere of Les Misérables, the Sondheim Celebration, and Tennessee Williams Explored. The Center’s Emmy and Peabody Award–winning Kennedy Center Honors is broadcast annually on the CBS Network; The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize is seen on PBS. Each year more than 11 million people nationwide take part in innovative and effective education programs initiated by the Center. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, the Center and the National Symphony Orchestra stage more than 400 free performances of music, dance, and theater by artists from throughout the world each year on the Center’s main stages, and every evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage.

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Bob Kaminsky (Executive Producer) As a producer/writer of over 50 network and cable primetime programs, his credits include the Grammy Awards, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and Farm Aid. He is a co-creator and an executive producer of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and most recently served in the same capacity establishing the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song celebrating the music of Paul Simon. Artists performing in the inaugural show include: Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Lyle Lovett, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Art Garfunkel, Jesse Dixon, Stephen Marley, and Yolanda Adams. Serving as a Director of A&R at A&M Records for a number of years he went on to travel across America producing 300-plus episodes of the legendary radio concert program The King Biscuit Flower Hour recording and broadcasting the Rolling Stones, the Who, Bonnie Raitt, the Police, and many others. He coproduced the Grammy-nominated comedy albums Bette Midler: Mud Will Be Flung Tonight, and Bob Newhart: Off The Record. He is a principal in RipTide Music, a leading Los Angeles music licensing and publishing company servicing the film, television, advertising, and game industries. A member of the Writers Guild, the Directors Guild, the Television Academy, and the Association of Independent Music Publishers, Bob lives in Brentwood, California with his wife, two daughters and Tibetan terrier.

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Peter Kaminsky (Executive Producer) is a former managing editor of National Lampoon. In addition to the Mark Twain Prize he is also a creator and executive producer of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. His Outdoors column has appeared in the New York Times for 20 years. His food writing appears in the New York Times, Food & Wine, HG, and Conde Nast Traveler. His forthcoming books include America: The Next Chapter with Sen. Chuck Hagel and Coooking With Fire: Rustic Recipes from Patagonia’s Most Celebrated Chef with Francis Mallmann. He is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn. Favorite team: New York Yankees.

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Mark Krantz (Executive Producer) is president of Mark Krantz Productions, a New York-based entertainment company. His many television, live event, and stage credits include: Hard Rock Live, The President’s Summit for America’s Future, America’s Promise – A Report to the Nation for General Colin Powell, George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song, Richard Pryor’s I Ain’t Dead Yet! Birthday Special, the Tony Award–winning Elaine Stritch at Liberty, The Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremonies, and musical celebrations of Carlos Santana and Carole King. Mr. Krantz has also produced the New York Friars Club Celebrity Roast for the past seven years. Recent projects include the First Annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which was awarded to Paul Simon. Mark Krantz Productions serves as a content producer and consultant to Turner Broadcasting’s recently launched comedy broadband network, Super Deluxe and is currently involved in a strategic partnership with Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video Entertainment to develop live event, broadcast, theatrical, and intellectual properties across a variety of platforms. He is proud to have been involved in the creation of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize since its inception, and even prouder of his wife Sandra and three boys Andrew, Tommy, and Luke. The family resides in South Salem, New York.

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Cappy McGarr (Executive Producer) is President of MCM Interests, LLC. President Clinton appointed McGarr to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, serving from 1996 to 2002. He has championed the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize since its inception. McGarr is an Executive Producer of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He serves on the Board of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is a member of the Board of The Foundation for the National Archives. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. McGarr is a past Chairman of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Austin. He was a recipient of The University of Texas College of Communication’s highest award—the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award. He received three degrees from the University of Texas, a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, Bachelor of Journalism in 1975, and a Master of Business Administration in 1977.

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