Legendary Casting Director Jay Binder Dies at 71 - RWS Entertainment Group

For nearly four decides Binder cast Tony Award-winning productions including “The Lion King,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and “Lost in Yonkers” among others

New York, NY – April 21, 2022 – Legendary Broadway casting director, Jay Binder, passed away Friday, April 15, 2022 at the age of 71. Binder died peacefully at home.

Over the course of his four decade career, Jay Binder cast nearly 100 Broadway productions, including the Tony Award-winning productions of The Lion King, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Dames At Sea, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Gypsy, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, Lost in Yonkers and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. In addition, he was fortunate enough to cast every Neil Simon play from 1990 through 2009.

Mr. Binder was one of the founders and a driving force behind the highly-acclaimed Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert series at New York City Center. His work casting this series led to the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago.

“I worked hand-in-glove with Jay for two decades,” said Jack Viertel, who served as the series Artistic Director from 2000-2020. “He was always the most knowledgeable, passionate, and feistiest person in the room. He loved actors and wanted every one of them to succeed. I’ll miss that spirit, that optimism and that deep well of knowledge forever.”

For television, he cast the Emmy Award-winning series “I’ll Fly Away” and was the East Coast Casting Director of Warner Brothers Television for five years. For film, he cast Six by Sondheim (HBO), HairsprayDreamgirlsChicago, and Nine. He was an artistic consultant for Disney World and National Artists Management Company and was a creative consultant on the PBS special, “My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs,” hosted by Julie Andrews.

On Broadway, Mr. Binder was the associate director of Lolita and Happy New Year. He directed the premiere production of Love and Other Fables at Theatre by the Sea and worked as a director at numerous regional theaters across the country, with credits including Present Laughter at The Acting Company; RexJumbo, and Best Foot Forward at The York Theatre Company; and Say Yes! at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

In 2016, Binder Casting was acquired by RWS Entertainment Group. Through RWS, Mr. Binder served as the Director of Theatrical Development until his official retirement in July 2020.

Binder was the recipient of eleven Artios Awards, the highest honor in casting, and the 2019 Amas Repertory Theatre’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

A South Orange, NJ native, Mr. Binder distinguished himself not only by virtue of his longevity, but also by his cunning theatrical instincts. A memorial will be announced at a later date.

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Founded in 2000, ted is part of RWS Entertainment Group, the world’s largest leisure and attraction experience provider. Specialising in theatre, cruise, travel, resort, and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: talent, production, audio visual, studio, retail and fitness. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication.

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RWS Entertainment Group is a global, Emmy Award-winning entertainment company with headquarters in New York, London and Cincinnati. Together with its subsidiaries, RWS designs, fabricates, installs and operates custom entertainment, live events and branded experiences delivering over 500 live productions and providing more than 6,500 career opportunities each year. As the world’s largest, full-service provider of visitor attractions and experiences RWS also delivers fitness programming, audio visual services, retail and studio production services. With projects on six of the world’s seven continents and all the oceans in between, RWS provides services for theme parks, attractions, cruise ships, zoos, aquariums, museums, theater venues, casinos, hotels and resorts, botanical gardens, visitor centers, port of call destinations, retail and real estate, municipalities, airports, corporate and branded experiences.

Founded in 2003, RWS operates the largest live production facility in New York City which includes 56,000 square feet of office space, a rehearsal studio complex and performer housing. RWS properties include a Theatrical and Ticketed Experiences division; Binder Casting serving the stage, film and commercial markets; the innovative RWS Fun Crew™: Staffing Reimagined; RWS Décor Products and RWS Leased Experiences.

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In 2021, RWS acquired JRA, an award-winning creative studio with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. JRA plans, designs and delivers exceptional visitor experiences for theme parks, museums, brand experiences, children’s experiences, attractions, theater venues, visitor centers, cruise ships and port of call destinations. Services include master planning, writing and content development, attraction/exhibit planning and design, graphic design, executive media production, art direction and project management.

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In 2022, RWS acquired ted, Europe’s largest leisure entertainment experience company. Specialising in theatre, cruise, travel, resort, and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: talent, production, audio visual, studio, retail and fitness. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication. 

A deep understanding of design and production; world-class creators, artists, musicians, trainers and technicians; and the entertainment industries’ most modern studios ensure that for every project, for every client, everything is tailor made. 

With a global client base and operations in 50 countries and offices in 4 countries, there is a ted team member delivering spectacular experiences at a resort, on a cruise ship, as part of a technical trade event, in a branded-themed retail shop or at a sunrise yoga class in every corner of the world. By delivering a 360-degree experience design, ted has served clients such as TUI Group, Marella Cruises, Roompot, Bourne Leisure, David Lloyd Clubs, Away Resorts and Hoburne.

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