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An Evening with Max Weitzenhoffer
October 9, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
The Oklahoma History Center will host the launch of the latest book from Full Circle Press, To The Max: Max Weitzenhoffer’s Magical Trip From Oklahoma To New York and London—And Back, with a program and book signing on Wednesday, October 9. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.
To The Max was written by Tom Lindley and published by Full Circle Press, a division of Full Circle Bookstore. An Oklahoma native, Weitzenhoffer became a renowned Broadway producer and London theatre owner before returning to Oklahoma and settling in Norman.
Lindley and Weitzenhoffer will be interviewed on stage by Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, followed by an audience Q & A session. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with a book signing to follow at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Weitzenhoffer produced a number of Broadway and London shows, including Dracula, The Will Rogers Follies, Song and Dance, and Aspects of Love. Among his many ventures, he is chairman of Nimax Theatres Ltd., which owns the Palace, Lyric, Apollo, Garrick, Vaudeville, and Duchess Theatres in London’s West End. He has served as director of musical theatre at the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the university’s board of regents for 14 years, serving as chairman in 2010 and 2017.
From the book’s dust jacket flap: “More often, producers who make it big on Broadway start their climb from the lower East Side, not the raucous American frontier. Even fewer go on to become one of the most successful theatre owners in the storied West End of London. A third-generation Oklahoman, Max Weitzenhoffer’s life story is as unique and colorful as you will find, a remarkable blend of risk-taking, glamour, and glitz that has been enriched by saloon keepers, oil wildcatters, wealthy art patrons, artists, and Broadway and Hollywood stars. Here is a man who was born to put on a show, and what a show it has been.”
Author Tom Lindley is a native Texan and longtime journalist. His two previous books are Out of the Dust and Opening Doors. He lives in Norman.
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