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Mike Ockrent (18 June 1946 - 2 December 1999) was a British stage director, well-known both for his Broadwaymarker musicals and smaller niche plays. He was educated at Highgate Schoolmarker. From directing Educating Rita and Follies, he became an established figure on the Londonmarker scene. In 1986 he made a successful transition to New Yorkmarker with Me and My Girl transferred from London to New York and earned several Tony Award nominations. In later life Ockrent worked on film, mainly straight-to-TV movies.

In 1992 Mike Ockrent worked with Susan Stroman on Crazy for You and later on other productions. They were married in 1996 and remained so until Ockrent's death from leukemia in New York in 1999. A charitable trust now exists in his name.

The trust aims to give access to theatre for children with cancer, this involves a night at the theatre with a visit backstage afterwards. It also funds leukaemia research, "both mainstream and 'alternative'".

Work

Filmography



Stage



Novel

  • Running Down Broadway (1992)


Awards and nominations

Awards
  • 1987 - Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book - Me and My Girl
  • 1987 - Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical - Me and My Girl
Nominations
  • 1987 - Tony Award Best Book of a Musical - Me and My Girl (joint with L. Arthur Rose, Douglas Furber and Stephen Fry)
  • 1987 - Tony Award Best Direction of a Musical - Me and My Girl
  • 1992 - Drama Desk Award Best Direction of a Musical - Crazy for You
  • 1992 - Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical - Crazy for You


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