The New York Times is reporting this morning that theater producer Rocco Landesman, 61, has been nominated as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Robin Pogrebin writes that the selection of Landesman, who brought productions such as Big River, Angels in America and The Producers to Broadway, “signals that Mr. Obama plans to shake things up at the endowment. … Landesman, who would fill the post vacated by Dana Gioia, is expected to lobby hard for more arts money. But he is not famous for his skills as an administrator or diplomat. Rather, he is known for his energy, intellect and irreverent—and occasionally sharp-elbowed—candor.”
An official announcement from the White House is expected today.