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Joe Layton

(1931—1994)

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Androcles and the Lion

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(NBC-TV 1967). This musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's version of the classic fable retained bits of the playwright's philosophical point of view, and Richard Rodgers wrote some...

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Barnum

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The larger-than-life career of Phineas Taylor Barnum, self-styled ‘World’s Greatest Showman’, proved ideal source material for this spectacular musical that opened at the St. James Theatre...

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Dear World

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Mark Hellinger Theatre 1969). Perhaps songwriter Jerry Herman's most ambitious effort, this musical version of Jean Giraudoux's French fantasy—comedy The Madwoman of Chaillott (1948) was...

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George M!

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

A celebratory musical about the life of the multi-talented George M. Cohan (singer-dancer-author-director, and more), detailing his early days in vaudeville, through his ups and downs, to...

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Littlest Angel

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(NBC-1969). One of the most popular of all Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcasts, the holiday program boasted a strong cast, a fine score, and a story that was sentimental without ...

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No Strings

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

When Oscar Hammerstein died in 1960, composer Richard Rodgers lost the second of only two lyricists with whom he had worked throughout his illustrious career - the first, of course ...

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Once Upon a Mattress

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This is an expanded musical adaptation of the comical fairy tale, The Princess And The Pea, with music by Mary Rodgers, daughter of the famous composer, Richard Rodgers, and lyrics ...

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Sound of Music

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Even before its Broadway opening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 16 November 1959, The Sound Of Music was set to become a financial success. Advance sales exceeded three million dollars ...

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South Pacific

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This immensely successful screen version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway hit musical was released by 20th Century-Fox in 1958. Paul Osborn’s screenplay, which was...

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Tenderloin

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(46th Street Theatre 1960). A satirical musical comedy about corruption and vice in nineteenth-century New York City, the show reunited the creative talents of the recent Fiorello! (1959):...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

This thoroughly entertaining pastiche of the 20s and the world of silent movies was released by Universal in 1967. Julie Andrews is Millie, the ‘modern’ of the title, and eager ...

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Two By Two

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(Imperial Theatre 1970). Danny Kaye returned to a Broadway show after twenty-nine years in Hollywood with this Biblical musical and turned the piece into a one-man showcase, which pleased...

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Ziegfeld

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Hailed as the most expensive British musical ever when it opened at the London Palladium on 26 April 1988, Ziegfeld had a £3.2 million budget and a 60-strong cast. This ...

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