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…
Legit Icons of the Century: As showmen go, Florenz Ziegfeld remains the most famous, even 75 years after his death.
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…
Albee's three-act debut with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1962 stormed the Tonys with five awards, including best play, and established him as one of America's premier playwrights when…
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…
Legit Icons of the Century: A class act separately or together, Stevens and Whitehead were top Broadway movers and shakers for nearly 60 years.
Legit Icons of the Century: Four short weeks before Variety first rolled off the presses on Dec. 16, 1905, Belasco donned three hats on "The Girl of the Golden West" as writer, director and producer…
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…
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.
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…
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