Vice-President, Kenny Wax
Kenny was President of SOLT between 2017 - 2020 and will be Vice President for the next three years.
He is the Producer of the five time Oliver Award nominated new hit pop musical SIX which is due to restart at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue with social distancing when the theatres reopen. At lockdown it was playing to sold out audiences at the Arts Theatre in London, on its UK Tour and at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway where it had transferred from sold out tryout runs in Chicago, Boston, Edmonton and Minneapolis.
Also at the time of lockdown, Kenny was producing three new comedies at the Vaudeville under the Mischief Season banner – the first being Groan Ups, the second - Magic Goes Wrong co-written with Penn & Teller opening in December. The third had not yet been announced. Kenny has previously Produced three Mischief Theatre productions, The Play That Goes Wrong, winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy at the Duchess Theatre, also playing off Broadway having completed a successful Broadway run at the Lyceum in NY and touring the USA. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre closed after four years and was Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy and Peter Pan Goes Wrong also Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy. He was also the executive producer of Christmas Carol Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong shown on BBC1 and The Goes Wrong Show which has been recommissioned for a second season.
Kenny is very proud to have produced the world-premiere production of Top Hat, which was the recipient of three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical from its seven nominations and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out and Once on This Island for Imagination at the Royalty Theatre which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1995, having been nominated in four categories. In 2012 he co-produced Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher and Michael Xavier, which won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Production featuring the Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder. 2014 saw the launch of Hetty Feather, an adaptation of a novel by Jacqueline Wilson directed by Sally Cookson and nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best Family Entertainment. His production of The Worst Witch won the Laurence Olivier Award in the same category in 2020.
Kenny has built up a reputation of being one of the most prolific providers of shows for families and children in the West End and around the provinces; titles which include Around the World in 80 Days which has recently run at the New Victory in New York, David Walliams’ Mr Stink (UK Tour), The Gruffalo (Lyric & Duchess Theatres and Tour), The Gruffalo’s Child (Arts Theatre and Tour), Room On The Broom, Laurence Olivier Award nomination ‘Best Family Entertainment’ (Lyric & Garrick Theatres and UK Tour), The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Lyric & Vaudeville Theatres and tour), Laurence Olivier Award nomination ‘Best Family Entertainment’, We’re Going On A Bearhunt, Duchess and Lyric Theatres (UK, Australia and North America Tour), What the Ladybird Heard (UK Tour, Lyric Theatre), Oi Frog (UK tour and West End) and Mr Poppers Penguins which had an off Broadway run at the New Victory before a Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre.
Plans for 2021 include the world premiere of Identical, a new musical based on the Erich Kastner book The Parent Trap which will be directed by Trevor Nunn.