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Neil Simon

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Maybe William Shakespeare has clocked in more perfs on Broadway than Neil Simon. Then again, maybe not, considering the superlong runs of "The Odd Couple," "Sweet Charity," "Promises, Promises" and…

Jerome Robbins

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The feared dictator knew what he was doing. Collaborators didn't necessarily like him, but all agreed: He had an unerring ability to pinpoint and fix a show's problems.

Joseph Papp

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Legit Icons of the Century: After he refused to name names to the HUAC, Papp kept his leftist politics intact to found one of the granddaddies of nonprofit theater, the Shakespearean Theater…

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Legit Icons of the Century: It's no solace to his critics, but Lloyd Webber has raked in seven Tonys, three Grammys and six Oliviers, not to mention being granted a knighthood. Audiences have weighed…

Ira & George Gershwin

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Before they wrote America's greatest opera, "Porgy and Bess," which opened in 1937 at the Alvin Theater, the Gershwin brothers entranced Gotham audiences with their bluesy songs for George White's…

Agnes de Mille

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De Mille brought an American spunk to Broadway dance, expanding upon Balanchine's use of ballet to develop a musical's storyline. She had studied ballet and her choreography for Aaron Copland's…

David Merrick

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Legit Icons of the Century: A master at generating publicity and sometimes humiliating critics and thesps alike, the self-proclaimed "Abominable Showman" rivaled Flo Ziegfeld as the most colorful…

George Bernard Shaw

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Legit Icons of the Century: A true socialist and always proud of it, Shaw outraged early Broadway auds with not only his politics but also his outré take on religion, war and sex. In 1905, the year…

Arthur Miller

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Miller, the last of the theatrical giants who sprung from the '40s, had the ultimate revenge on critics and audiences when his first Broadway play, "The Man Who Had All the Luck," was revived to much…

George Abbott

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Abbott, who died in 1995 at age 107, enjoyed a life in the theater that nearly paralleled Variety's 100 years. He earned the monicker Mister Abbott for his absolute professionalism, whether it be…

Hal Prince

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One of the few boy wonders to deliver big time on his early promise, Prince is arguably the most successful director-producer in Broadway history. As a producer, he was immediately top-drawer with…

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