Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is already a big hit on Broadway


Forstall is finding success on a new type of stage. Photo: Apple
Forstall is finding success on a new type of stage. Photo: Apple

The man who lead the creation of iOS may have found his next calling in an unlikely place: Broadway.

Scott Forstall, a veteran Apple executive who was famously ousted in 2012, has been co-producing a hit musical that’s already doing very well for itself.

Fun Home, a musical about “seeing your parents through grown-up eyes” is co-produced by Forstall and his wife Molly. The show opened on April 19th in the Circle in the Square Theatre on West 50th Street, and it’s been nominated for an impressive 12 Tony Awards.

‘Fun Home’ is currently playing in New York City. Photo: Joan Marcus

Forstall’s production is up for Best Leading Actor/Actress in a Musical, Best Musical, Best Score, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and more.

Reviews of the show have been glowing. “New! Fresh! Original!” reads Variety. “We toss those kudos around a lot in this business… But ‘Fun Home’ really earns the praise.”

To announce Fun Home’s opening on Broadway, Forstall made his first public announcement since leaving Apple in late 2012. He had been at Apple since the early NeXT days and was a close friend of Steve Jobs. Blamed from the outside for the failure that was the Apple Maps launch, reports said that Forstall had trouble getting along with other executives at the company, particularly after Jobs died.

He fell off the grid for a long time, but it was unearthed that he started advising Snapchat at the beginning of this year. While it looks like he hasn’t given up on the tech scene altogether, he already has a promising career as a Broadway producer.