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Leonard Bernstein

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Broadway hadn't heard anything this good and this American since George Gershwin, and Bernstein's larger-than-life persona made the composer/conductor a media darling who introduced classical music…

Bob Fosse

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Fosse brought a lean, highly contained sense of the street to Broadway choreography. After performing in several tuners in the early 1950s, he choreographed three hits in as many years: "The Pajama…

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…

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.

George S. Kaufman

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Where would the Marx Brothers have been without Kaufman's hilarious book for their stage vehicles "Animal Crackers" and "The Cocoanuts"? No one wrote and directed more successful stage comedies than…

Charles Frohman

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Legit Icons of the Century: Frohman gave Broadway its first look at "Peter Pan," an American premiere that might have pre-dated the birth of Variety by only five weeks, in 1905, but flew high on…

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…

Eugene O’Neill

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O'Neill won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1936. By then he had written "Mourning Becomes Electra," "Strange Interlude," "Desire Under the Elms," "Anna Christie," "The Emperor Jones" and "Beyond…

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