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Noel Coward

Great Britons

Broadway has been mad about the boy for 80 years. In Gotham, Coward epitomized the British upper crust, ever since his 1925 debut there in his own play “The Vortex.” “Hay Fever,” “Present Laughter” and “Blithe Spirit” are much more often revived, with “Private Lives” being revisited no fewer than six times on Broadway, most recently in 2002 with Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman (and most infamously in 1983 with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton). Twenty-six years after his 1973 death, the playwright’s “Waiting in the Wings” finally had its Broadway premiere. Set in an actors’ retirement home, the comedy-drama starred Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, and marked the 100th and final effort by producer Alexander H. Cohen.

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