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…
Eugene O'Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in literature, in 1936. Poet-turned-playwright Wilson may be the second.
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…
Legit Icons of the Century: Helburn and Langner formed the Theater Guild, which chose Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" for its first production, in 1931.
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…
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…