Since it’s summer and lately it feels too hot to think, we thought we’d share with you one of our first posts about some of the amazing playwrights we have worked with in the last century!
Philip & Marilyn
We hope this finds you well and if you’re in the Northeast, we hope you survived the latest (4th!) nor’easter!
We thought we’d take a moment today to share with you one of our most popular posts on our Newsletter—that is of a photo we have of Paul Robeson dressed as Othello.
We originally shared this with you in January 2015, so we thought it was a great time to re-share for all of our members, including new members who have subscribed to our Newsletter since then!
Philip & Marilyn
This Throwback Thursday features a great photo of Paul Robeson in his garb as the well-known character of Othello, which The Theatre Guild produced on Broadway in 1943-1944.
Robeson’s portrayal of Othello was so masterful and well-performed that John Dover Wilson—one of the premier Shakespeare critics at the time—commented that Robeson’s Othello was the best performance of the century!
When I was about 10 years old, I used to spend wonderful times wrestling and playing with Paul’s son, Paul Jr.!
Paul broke through so many barriers coming from the son of a former slave, and knowing him and his family was indeed an honor!
Just a reminder that Prince of Broadway will be closing its limited run in only 12 more performances–with its final performance on 10/29/2017!
It showcases the life and times of our dear family friend, Harold Prince, including some of his greatest productions, like:
West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera to name a few!
You definitely do not want to miss out on this spectacular show! Click here for your last chance at tickets!
Philip & Marilyn
While we are on vacation, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite posts over the years. This was our very first post, which we thought we’d share for some of our newer members.
Of course, it reminds us of plays of Ancient Greece that are still circulating today!
We hope that you are well and enjoying these last few weeks of summer!
Philip & Marilyn
The theatre is such a wonderful happening!
We had an unbelievable evening a few weeks ago when we saw Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. It lifted us so—from our ordinary daily lives we were brought to an evening of heaven.
And it led us to an exciting idea: staring this website to share with you the theatre that we know and love so well. The events, the history—all of the past, present, and future!
We (my talented wife, Marilyn Clark, and I) have lived our lives in the theatre: Marilyn from the time she was an actress at 15. And my parents were writers and producers, so I literally grew up in theatre. Now as we reminisce a lot about all the trials and tribulations and success and stars, we decided to start this website—a place where theatre lovers everywhere can come together and find both information about the American Theatre, and personalization of the theatre as well.
So to start off: perhaps you knew that theatre as we know it began 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece. BUT! Did you know that there are still 11 plays currently circulating that were written at that time by Aristophanes? And it’s fascinating that three of them (in bold!) were about women’s rights. They are:
Theatre then went on to Rome, then France, England, and finally to America. Now we have it ON BROADWAY and beyond—to every state in the country and every country in the world.
Of course, just like the theatre, our Theatre Guild website is a work in progress! But here are some of the things that we want to focus on:
What would we like from you? Participation! We want to know what interests you about the theatre—be it a play, or actor/actress, or theatres or history. What ideas and things would you like to see? We have a lot of information to share and we’d love ideas of things that you’re interested in!
And now, but of course the show must go on, we pull back the curtain and invite you in to our world of theatre!
With the end of summer looming and a new school year and theatre season on the horizon, we thought we’d take a bit of a break and head down the coast to spend a bit of time with our daughter and granddaughters.
We started this Newsletter just over a few years ago and we have been very fortunate in our ever-increasing number of subscribers. But we also realize that many of you haven’t had time to go back and read all of our articles, and so we thought we’d share a few with you while we’re lounging away on the beach, watching our granddaughters play!
In this post, we revisit some of the great and phenomenal playwrights The Theatre Guild has worked with over the years…enjoy!
One of the fascinating aspects of The Theatre Guild is all of the wonderful playwrights we have worked with in our 95 years, such as:
George Bernard Shaw—possibly the greatest playwright of the century—had 14 plays produced by The Theatre Guild.
The Theatre Guild produced 9 of Eugene O’Neill’s plays.
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine starred in 25 plays on Broadway for The Guild over a 30 year period from 1925 to 1956.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who wrote Oklahoma! at the suggestion of The Theatre Guild and collaborated with The Theatre Guild to create Carousel and Allegro.
Of course, we can never forget Dore Schary—who wrote Sunrise At Campobello, which we produced and then later adapted to our current running play FDR, starring Ed Asner, which will be performing in Laguna Beach, CA in November, and Chicago in April 2015.
These playwrights were so talented…
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We just wanted to share an article we read the other day in the New York Times:
It’s a delightful article about what a Supreme Court Justice does in her free time: go to Venice and not only watch her grandson perform in a mock trial based on The Merchant of Venice, but preside over the trial. Justice Ginsburg seems to enjoy participating in Shakespeare mock trials, as she has participated in several.
You can read the full article here:
We just love that Justice Ginsburg spends some of her free time promoting and participating in the Arts!
Philip & Marilyn
We received an email today about the opening of Chaplin’s World—a museum in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland dedicated to the life and works of Charlie Chaplin. But it is more than just a museum—it is an experience and a peek into Charlie’s world. You can visit their website to read more about it. It looks like a wonderful place to spend a few vacation days.
It made us think about our lovely visit with Charlie at his home in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Needless to say, he was incredible! Here is a picture from the weekend Marilyn and I spent with Charlie and his lovely wife, Oona.
Since we’ve been celebrating American history all week, we thought we’d share this post with you again, as it is where history and theatre intersect!
Philip & Marilyn
Certainly one of the most exciting plays we ever produced was Sunrise at Campobello, the story of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the early 1920s.
We were extremely happy when Dore Schary, a prominent head of MGM, decided to leave Hollywood to concentrate on writing and producing plays in New York!
His first play, Sunrise, was excellent! We opened the play on what would have been Roosevelt’s 76th birthday—January 30, 1958. It was directed by Vincent J. Donehue and starred Ralph Bellamy as Roosevelt, along with Mary Fickett, Henry Jones, Anne Seymour, Mary Welch, Alan Bunce and more!
The play ran for 16 months with 556 spectacular performances. It was nominated for 6 Tonys in 1958 and won Best Play, Best Actor, Best Director…
- Best Play (winner)
- Outstanding Actor in a Play—Ralph Bellamy (winner)
- Direction—Vincent J. Donehue (winner)
- Featured Actor in a Play—Henry Jones (winner)
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We often find it remarkable at those who ask “why is theatre important?” And guess what? We found the perfect response to that in the New York Times the other day!
As you may know, the US Treasury has been contemplating changing some of the faces on our bills—and one of the first up for a complete make over? The $10 bill—the bill that currently has on its face none other than our first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
And here is where the theatre’s influence comes into play: the Treasury Secretary promised to put a woman on the face of the new $10 bill. However, last summer he came to Broadway and went to see Hamilton. Additionally the star and creator of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as theatre patrons in love with the musical, have been lobbying the Department of the Treasury to keep Hamilton on the $10 bill. The result? This week the Treasury Secretary just made the announcement that Hamilton is going to stay on the $10 bill!!
You can read more about it—and how all the bills are changing at the New York Times website.
Philip & Marilyn
We wanted to tell you today about a wonderful book that we’ve read about in The Washington Post.
The book is called THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Vietal.
According to The Post:
Viertel offers such examples throughout, making related but different points. His close analysis of craft doubles nicely as an account of the American musical’s evolution over the past century.
We know Jack—and have worked with him on plays in the past. His backstage anecdotes are what really bring this book to life!
It is currently on sale at Amazon. If you love Broadway musicals or Broadway history, then we think that this is a book you will absolutely love!
Philip & Marilyn Langner