Jackson was in a previous relationship with B. D. Wong, with whom he shares parental responsibilities for their son, Jackson Foo Wong (born 2000), and now also with Jordan Roth.
Roth was raised in a Jewish family, the son of Steven Roth, a real estate developer, and Darryl Roth, a New York theater producer. Roth graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1997 with degrees in philosophy and theatre. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School. As a young producer (age 24), Roth first introduced interactive theatrical experiences with his 1999 production of The Donkey Show, a disco club event combining elements of both theatre and nightlife. Performed in a New York nightclub, The Donkey Show invites audiences to watch the show unfold all around them on the dance floor, and then stay after the show to party at the club. Retelling the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream entirely through disco hits, The Donkey Show became a phenomenon of New York nightlife, hailed by The New York Times as “an indication of things to come in the theatre.” The show ran for 6 years in New York, and has toured internationally.
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Jordan Roth is the President and majority owner of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theatres. He married Richie Jackson, a talent manager who is executive producer of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, on September 8, 2012. They met at a Tony Award ceremony in June 2003: Jackson went over and introduced himself to Roth; after Jackson went back to his seat, but said of Roth: “I spent the evening staring at him. I was completely fascinated, and he definitely didn’t notice.”
Roth followed The Donkey Show with a Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show. Through the course of the run, the cast included Dick Cavett, Joan Jett, Luke Perry, Sebastian Bach, Ana Gasteyer, and a rotation of guest narrators including Jerry Springer, Penn & Teller, Robin Leach, Sally Jessy Raphael, Gilbert Gottfried, Cindy Adams, and Dave Holmes. Cited by Newsday as “the young blood Broadway so desperately craves,” Roth became the youngest lead producer ever nominated for a Tony Award with the show’s 2001 nomination for Best Musical Revival. The Rocky Horror Show was nominated for 4 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Drama League Award.
As The Donkey Show continued its run, Roth opened its new sister show, The Karaoke Show, which combines Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors with karaoke.
Roth joined Jujamcyn Theaters in 2005 as Resident Producer and became the company’s Vice President the following year. In addition to his responsibilities operating and booking the company’s theaters, Roth has produced A Catered Affair. Starring Faith Prince, Tom Wopat and Harvey Fierstein, A Catered Affair was nominated for 12 Drama Desk Awards, the most of any show that season, and won the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
At Jujamcyn, Roth created Givenik, a service allowing theatergoers to buy discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. Givenik.com currently supports over 200 organizations including Human Rights Campaign, Dress for Success, God's Love We Deliver, The Actors Fund, Central Park Conservancy, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, People for the American Way, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Creative Alternatives of New York, Manhattan Theatre Club, local chapters of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters. Any certified non-profit organization can sign up to be a part of Givenik.com for free and develop a new, year-round fundraising mechanism on Broadway.
He was included in Variety's “50 Creatives to Watch” in 2000, Out Magazine’s “Out 100” for 2000, The Daily News’ “50 New Yorkers to Watch in 2001,” Time Out New York’s “42 Reasons to Applaud New York Theatre,” and Paper Magazine’s “Beautiful People Issue” of 2004. As a writer, several of Roth’s essays and commentaries have appeared on Advocate.com.
Roth serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Freedom to Marry, Young Patrons of Lincoln Center Theater, and the Horace Mann School, of which he is an alumnus.
The Kid by Sapphire
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 26, 2012)
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From the bestselling author of Push, a story of survival and awakening—and one young man’s remarkable strength
The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire’s unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother’s death to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday, from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artists’ lofts, The Kid is a soaring tale of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul.
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