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Roger L. Stevens & Robert Whitehead

Legit Icons of the Century

A class act separately or together, Stevens and Whitehead were top Broadway movers and shakers for nearly 60 years.

After their somewhat spotty Broadway debut in 1939 (“Cure for Matrimony”), they produced a string of successes that included “Orpheus Descending,” “Bus Stop,” “A View From the Bridge,” “A Man for all Seasons” and “A Few Good Men.” Whitehead partnered with others on “West Side Story,” “The Member of the Wedding” and “The Time of the Cuckoo.”

Both men became pillars of the nonprofit theater: Whitehead and Elia Kazan established the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center in 1961. Stevens headed the Kennedy Center in 1971.

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