Robert Hofler

Kermit Bloomgarden

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Legit Icons of the Century: After toiling as general manager for Lillian Hellman's favorite producer, Herman Shumlin, Bloomgarden -- known for his impeccable taste -- proceeded to bring Arthur…

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…

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…

Elia Kazan

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Beginning with a revolutionary "The Skin of Our Teeth" production in 1942, Kazan brought a raw theatricality to Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams' classics: "All My Songs," "A Streetcar Named…

John Osborne

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Legit Icons of the Century: In 1956, the movies released "Rebel Without a Cause." That same year, the theater responded with Osborne's "Look Back in Anger," a play that ushered in the new era of the…

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.

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…

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 outrĂ© take on religion, war and sex. In 1905, the year…

Harold Pinter

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Legit Icons of the Century: In the beginning, the British multi-hyphenate who is perhaps best-known as a playwright, resided in the Theater of the Absurd. But Pinter quickly expanded past those…

George Balanchine

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Balanchine's enormous creative output for the New York City Ballet dwarfs his contribution to legit. And yet, his Broadway career, beginning with the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936," is prodigious.

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