Denver mourns the loss of a theater icon: Robert Garner

Theater impresario
Robert Garner

The Denver theater community has lost a true legend. Founder and former chairman of the Denver Center Attractions, Robert Garner, passed away at his home on July 19th after a brief illness. An icon on the Denver theatre scene for years, the death of the Honorary Trustee of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts was announced by his hand-picked successor at DCPA, Chairman and CEO Randy Weeks.

“I have lost a dear, dear friend and mentor,” Weeks says. “He set me on a path that I would never have considered and I’m now completely grateful to have been exposed to theater and be able to make a living in it.

Garner’s vision for what Denver could achieve as an arts city began in the early 1960’s when he began presenting touring shows. But in 1979, Garner made his idea of a performing arts center a reality. One of the notable highlights of his illustrious career was his booking of the first national tour of the legendary Broadway musical “A Chorus Line.”

Garner retired from the DCPA in 1992.

Garner left an indelible impression on the city he loved, and called home for so many years. His legacy is summed up best by his longtime friend and protégé, Randy Weeks.

“He was a man of great integrity,” says weeks. “ Commercial theater has lost a great man.”

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