Partners Matthew Rego, Michael Rego, and Hank Unger founded The Araca Group in 1997. What began in a one-room, windowless Times Square office has grown into a renowned live entertainment producing, screen printing, and merchandising company with over 250 dedicated employees and operations around the world.
As live entertainment producers, our mission is to create entertainment that is artistically compelling to our audiences and financially successful to our investors. As screen printers and merchandisers, our mission is to design and manufacture singular, fashionable products that generate profit for our clients while managing their brand strategies throughout the world.
The Araca Group launched with a simple mission: to produce the work of emerging playwrights Off and Off-Off-Broadway. We soon established a reputation as a leading theatrical production company. Our inaugural Broadway undertaking, the critically acclaimed Urinetown: The Musical, received dozens of major awards including three Tonys.
Next came the hit Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci. Subsequently Araca co-produced the blockbuster new musical Wicked, with continuing productions on Broadway, across the nation and around the world.
Recent Broadway producing credits include productions of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge starring Liev Schrieber and Scarlett Johansson, Lend Me a Tenor starring Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub, and the '80s rock musical Rock of Ages.
A lifetime of working in a family supermarket business gave the founding partners a unique perspective of retail operations. As we vertically integrated our theatrical production company to provide marketing, general management and accounting services, we ultimately found our niche as live entertainment producers, merchandisers and screen printers.
Araca is now the largest screen printing and merchandising company on Broadway and strives to transform the live entertainment experience with innovative apparel, souvenirs and licensed products. By incorporating design, manufacturing, warehousing, as well as in-venue and online retail operations, The Araca Group sets the new benchmark in entertainment merchandise.
Araca's founders, from left to right: Michael Rego, Hank Unger, Matthew Rego.