Therese Helburn & Lawrence Langner

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.

In the ensuing years, the Guild became the most powerful producing force on Broadway, leading Helburn and Langner to supervise more than 200 productions including the world premieres of “The Iceman Cometh,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “Picnic.”

The Guild also introduced much of George Bernard Shaw to Broadway audiences.

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