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1776

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

America’s obsession with its own history had already resulted in at least two Broadway musicals based on momentous national events before this show opened at the 46th Street Theatre on ...

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A. Edward Sutherland

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1895–1974).

Film director. A performer-turned-director, he specialized in comedies and musicals at Paramount. Sutherland was born in London to American parents in show business...

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Abbott and Costello

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Teaming up in 1931, Abbott And Costello were in vaudeville before gaining success in radio, films and television. Bud Abbott (b. William A. Abbott, 2 October 1895, Asbury Park, New ...

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Academy award

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Any of a series of awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Hollywood, US) given annually since 1928 for achievement in the film industry in various categories; an Oscar.

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Across the Universe

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Columbia 2007). Thirty-three songs written by the Beatles and some startling visual imagery helped viewers get through the routine hippie love story in this awkward, beautiful movie...

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Act

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Majestic Theatre 1977). While Liza Minnelli triumphed in this musical vehicle built around her considerable talents, the script by George Furth and the score by John Kander (music) and...

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Adam Guettel

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1964).

Stage composer and lyricist. One of the most promising and accomplished songwriters at the turn of the twentieth century, he has garnered plenty of attention in his recent...

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Adolphe Menjou

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1890–1963). Film performer. With his precise mustache, suave demeanor, and well-tailored clothes, the debonair character actor had one of Hollywood's longest screen careers (1914 to 1960),...

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Adventures of Marco Polo

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(NBC-TV 1956). Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow, who had played father and daughter on Broadway in Kismet (1953), were reunited in another exotic tale using classical music. Clay Warnick and...

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African American Musicals

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Musical shows utilizing black performers go back to the earliest stage entertainments in America. Minstrel shows were originally composed and performed by African American singers and...

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Agnes Moorehead

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1906–1974).

Stage, television, and film performer. The sharp-featured character actress usually played haughty or neurotic women on stage and in films but comic ladies on...

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Aida

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Music Theatre.

(2000),

a musical play by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, David Henry Hwang (book), Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics). [Palace Theatre, 1,852 perf.] Only the basic story of...

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Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Ambassador Theatre 1971). An explosive musical revue with songs and monologues by Melvin Van Peebles, it looked at the African American experience with anger and sardonic laughter. In an...

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Akim Tamiroff

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1899–1972).

Stage, film, and television performer. A heavyset character actor who often played heavies on screen, the thick-accented performer was often cast as silly foreigners...

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Al Dubin

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

B. Alexander Dubin, 10 June 1891, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 11 February 1945. Taken by his parents to the USA when still a small child, Dubin grew up in Philadelphia. He ...

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Aladdin

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(CBS-TV 1958). Prolific songwriter Cole Porter's last score was his first for television and, while it offered no beloved standards, it is a lively collection of songs that have the ...

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Aladdin

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

The third and most successful of Walt Disney Pictures’ high-tech, computer-enhanced animated box-office sensations of the late 80s/early 90s. Aladdin was released late in 1992, and in...

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Alan Crosland

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1894–1936).

Film director. A historically noteworthy movie director because of his use of sound in films, he helmed seven musicals. A native New Yorker, Crosland worked as an...

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Alan Hale

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1892–1950).

Film and stage performer and director. One of Hollywood's most recognized character actors, the large yet gentle player was Errol Flynn's sidekick in several movies...

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Alan Menken

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre — Theatre.

(b. 1949), composer.

One of Hollywood's most‐awarded songwriters, Menken began in the theatre and later retained a Broadway flavor in his film compositions. He was born in New...

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