From "Let's Do It" to "You're the Top," Porter's double-entendres have never ceased to tease and delight with their wit and sophistication.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Sondheim's career on Broadway began as a lyricist in the late 1950s with "West Side Story" and "Gypsy."
The theater's intellectual, Clurman served on both sides of the aisles, first as director, then as critic. He was taken to the Yiddish theater by his parents when he was 6, and "it was a transforming…
Legit Icons of the Century: His heart belonged to Tin Pan Alley, and no wonder: George M. Cohan was the son of vaudevillians.
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…
Film has its auteurs, the theater has Michael Bennett. He took the rare "conceived by" credit on that paean to the Broadway gypsy, "A Chorus Line." "Seesaw," "Ballroom" and "Dreamgirls" were also…