Prominent Broadway Director Was 71; TV & Film Work Included 'I'll Fly Away' 'Hairspray'

Prominent Broadway Director Was 71; TV & Film Work Included 'I'll Fly Away' 'Hairspray' ...

At his house, he was laid to rest today after spending more than four decades as a prominent Broadway casting director.

A press spokesperson confirmed his death.

Binder is the subject of the famous and acclaimed Encores, and the filmmakers have been instrumental in the series' Chicago revival, which went on to Broadway and a Tony Award.

Binder has produced over 100 Broadway works, including A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Dames At Sea, and Gypsy, as well as Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and any other adaptation of the playwright's work from 1990 through 2009.

Jack Viertel, who was the Artistic Director of the Encores from 2000 to 2020, said: "He was always the most knowledgeable, passionate, and feistiest person in the room. He wanted every actor to succeed. I'll miss that spirit, optimism, and that deep well of knowledge forever."

Binder, a South Orange, NJ native, stars in the Emmy Award-winning series I'll Fly Away and is the studio's artistic director for five years. He appeared in several movies, including Six by Sondheim (HBO), Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, and Nine. He was a creative consultant for Disney World and National Artists Management Company, and was also a guest producer for my favorite Broadway: The Love Songs.

Binder served as an associate director of Lolita and Happy New Year, directing and operating several regional theaters around the country, including Present Laughter at The Acting Company, Rex, Jumbo, and Best Foot Forward at The York Theatre Company, and Say Yes at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

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

Binder was given the winning of eleven Artios awards, the highest honor in casting, and the 2019 Amas Repertory Theatre's Lifetime Achievement Award.

A memorial will be opened at a later date.

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