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Joe Longthorne ’08 Produces Tony-Winning Broadway Musical

Joe Longthorne ’08 continues his success on Broadway as the producer of The Band’s Visit, which won a 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical. Joe’s accomplishments are rooted in his time at NA. “Newark Academy instilled in me a global perspective that has informed my taste in art and theater every step of the way,” he says. “For instance, a show like The Band’s Visit tells a unique story of what happens when two completely different cultures are brought together to co-habit in the same space – even if just for a night – and the goodness and compassion of the human spirit that can surround such an event. NA taught me that everyone has a story worth telling and highlighting.”

While Joe pursued a performance degree at Berklee School of Music, he now finds himself more “on the business side of ‘the business,’’’ and he credits his time at NA for his current success. “Newark Academy gave me the toolbox I’d need to succeed in this realm,” Joe says. “At NA, I learned responsibility, thoroughness and leadership – which are all skills vital to my success now as a producer.”

As for NA students looking to pursue a career on Broadway or in the arts, Joe has some simple advice: “Take risks! If I had tried to play things safe, I never would be where I am today. Especially in a business like theater or the arts, where the primary function of the business is to evoke emotion, sometimes you need to look beyond the graphs or numbers on the page and just trust your gut.”

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