Robert Hofler

Bob Fosse


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…

Charles Frohman


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…

Leonard Bernstein


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…

George S. Kaufman


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…

Tennessee Williams


A traveling-salesman father, a puritanical mother and a mentally disturbed sister informed Williams' best plays, from "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" to "Summer and Smoke" and…

George Abbott


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…

Andrew Lloyd Webber


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…

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