JOHN FROST AM
John Frost is the Managing Director of the Gordon Frost Organisation (GFO). He began his career at age 16 as a dresser on the J.C. Williamson tour of Mame and worked his way through the ranks to become one of Australia’s most prominent musical theatre producers. He co-founded GFO with the late Ashley Gordon in 1983. After negotiating the lease for Sydney’s Footbridge Theatre, they produced a number of shows including Jerry’s Girls, Night Mother, The Venetian Twins and Women Behind Bars. The company then moved onto national tours of large-scale musicals such as Big River, The King And I, South Pacific, Hello Dolly!, The Secret Garden, Smokey’s Joe’s Café, Cabaret and Crazy For You. In 1996, the GFO production of The King And I won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical on Broadway. Two years later, John co-produced Grease – The Arena Spectacular! with Sports and Entertainment Ltd (SEL). Then came The Sound of Music starring Lisa McCune, Annie with Anthony Warlow, Man of La Mancha, The Wizard of Oz and Footloose. In 2003, he won his second Tony Award as a co-producer of Hairspray on Broadway. John subsequently co-produced The Producers around Australia and another arena production of Grease starring John Farnham. In partnership with The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, he presented the Australian tour of The Phantom of the Opera starring Anthony Warlow and was one of the producers of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in London. In recent years, John produced Australasian tours of Chicago, Doctor Zhivago and Wicked, as well as Australian tours of Fame the Musical, Legally Blonde. In Melbourne, he produced A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush and Once. In London, he coproduced the West End productions of The Bodyguard and Blithe Spirit, while in the US he coproduced Blithe Spirit, An Act of God and Fiddler on the Roof. In partnership with Opera Australia, John has co-produced South Pacific, The King and I and Anything Goes. In 2015, he also toured The Rocky Horror Show, Wicked, Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music. His productions for 2016 included We Will Rock You, Dream Lover – a new Australian musical about Bobby Darin, and My Fair Lady with Opera Australia, directed by Julie Andrews. Over the years, John has presented many plays in Australia including, among others, the Tony Award-winning Art starring Tom Conti, the National Theatre of Great Britain’s celebrated production of An Inspector Calls and Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. He was awarded the prestigious JC Williamson Award for his outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry at the 2014 Helpmann Awards. For his contribution to the Arts he was awarded an AM in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 2016 received an honorary doctorate from Griffith University. Productions for 2017 will include the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon, the continuing tour of My Fair Lady as well as the West End hit The Bodyguard.