Broadway show PR specialist shop Barlow-Hartman will close on June 14th, the day of its 10-year anniversary according to a statement by partner John Barlow given to the New York Times this afternoon. The firm represented nearly every show you’ve ever heard of including The Producers, Gypsy, Fully Monty and Movin’ Out as well as current projects 9 to 5, Guys and Dolls and Rock of Ages.
A new agency led by Michael Hartman, The Hartman Group, will spring up in its place, taking over existing and future work and all staff including Wayne Wolfe, Leslie Baden, Tom D’Ambrosio, Juilana Hannett, Michelle Bergmann, Melissa Bixler, Matt Shea, Lexie Pregosin and Frances Connelly.
Presumably this was a buyout, as Barlow also announced that he is opening a firm though with no specifics listed. Both The Times and Broadway World went with the positioning in the statement. According to CityFile–the cartographer of Manhattan’s elite–Barlow is the long-time partner of producer Scott Rudin. The two have been together since 1998. Rudin is known for both producing highbrow hits like The Hours and No Country for Old Men, and his legendary temper. He apparently once threw an entire iMac at a staffer.