Robert Simpson Garner was born October 29, 1931 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the older brother to sisters Carol and Diane. His was a traditional upbringing with the exception of the travel that comes with a father in the military. As it does for many, the Spirit of the West appealed to Bob; even after a starry-eyed brief move to New York City, he returned to Colorado.
When offered the chance to be the Denver producer on the musical, Fiorello in 1961, he was stunned and thrilled at its success. Presenting live entertainment, particularly musical theatre, became both his vocation and avocation.
Bob was a pioneer in Broadway touring, urging New York producers to take their shows on the road; he was instrumental in the first national tour of Les Misérables. Opening nights were like Christmas for him — the curtain rising, the best gift imaginable.
The Broadway presenting division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) was formed when Bob Garner joined Robert Garner Attractions with the DCPA in 1979.
Bob paved the way for Broadway Theatre in Denver. Now, DCPA Broadway presents the finest touring productions at The Buell Theatre and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Since 1979, Robert Garner (1979-1991) and Randy Weeks (1992-2014) entertained Denver audiences with more than 475 Broadway hits, six national touring premieres such as The Book of Mormon and the debut of The Little Mermaid.