Steve Fickinger, who received a Tony Award for producing the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen after helping bring News and The Lion King on Broadway as a Disney executive, has died. He was 62 years old.
Fickinger died suddenly Friday at his home in Laguna Beach, his niece Jessica Roy announced.
As Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Fickinger worked on Mulane, Tarzan and Lilo & Stitchthen served as vice president of creative development for the Disney Theatrical Group, where he oversaw the launch of half a dozen Broadway shows, including The Lion King and Aida.
Fickinger also oversaw the Tony award-winning production of Newsnational tour of musical high school and the long-running Broadway production of Aladdin.
After two decades at Disney, he left in 2013 and established FickStern Productions, and his first company, Dear Evan Hansenopened on Broadway in 2016 en route to collecting six Tonys, including Best Musical.
The youngest of five children, Steven Thomas Fickinger was born in Chicago in 1960. He attended New Trier High School West, where he performed on stage with future Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, then UCLA.
After college, he spent several years in New York as a stage actor before returning to the West Coast, where he landed at Disney.
Fickinger was also the executive producer of rock of ages at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood. The show featured Nick Cordero, who died after a grueling battle with COVID-19 in July 2020 at age 41.
Fickinger’s upcoming projects included Live at the Crescendo Club: An Evening with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Pearl Baileywritten and directed by Seret Scott and produced by Deniece Williams, her niece said.
He has been involved in charities such as the AIDS Walk, the Los Angeles Food Mission and the Race to Erase MS.
Survivors also include her siblings, Joan, Jan, Michael, and Emily. A funeral will be held in Chicago, with a memorial service in Los Angeles.