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
Just a reminder to mark your calendars for June 10, 2018, which is, of course, the night of The Tony Awards. The Tonys will be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban and will be aired on CBS starting at 8pm Eastern Time.
This year, they will be honoring Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber for Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The plays and musicals receiving award nominations (and the number of nominations each received) are:
Mean Girls – 12
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical – 12
Angels in America – 11
The Band’s Visit – 11
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel – 11
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – 10
My Fair Lady – 10
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh – 8
Once On This Island – 8
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women – 6
Farinelli and The King – 5
Travesties – 4
Frozen – 3
Lobby Hero – 3
The Children – 2
Junk – 2
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – 2
Children of a Lesser God – 1
Latin History for Morons – 1
Meteor Shower – 1
1984 – 1
Saint Joan – 1
Who will win? We just can’t wait to find out!
For more information, click here.
Philip & Marilyn
Today we are writing to you about Eugene O’Neill’s play The Iceman Cometh, which will be returning to Broadway this spring starring Tony and Academy award winner Denzel Washington!!
Having originally produced this play on Broadway, we are so very excited that it is coming back–and with such a wonderful actor playing the lead! This is one of O’Neill’s greatest plays and we remember having it here in New York—an unbelievable evening!
It has also reminded us about the other Eugene O’Neill plays that The Theatre Guild produced in New York in the 1920s-1950s. They were:
In addition, The Guild had a very personal relationship with O’Neill and helped him in other aspects of his life.
Nowadays, it is very difficult to mount serious plays and we salute the theatres, like the Roundabout and the Jacobs Theatre, that are making an effort to keep these plays going!
The Iceman Cometh opens April 26, 2018, with previews starting on March 22nd. It will be playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. To read more or purchase tickets, click here.
Philip & Marilyn
We believe this will be the greatest play of this season!
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 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.
As we all know Eugene O’Neill was very sad about his father, James O’Neill. Gene—and many others—felt that James was a wonderful actor and that he could have a major part in any American play he cared to be in! Alas, James O’Neill chose to spend his theatrical life in a potboiler, The Count of Monte Cristo. He played it all over the U.S. year after year—over 6000 performances in 40 years!
Gene was quoted as saying:
My father was really a remarkable actor, but the enormous success of “Monte Cristo” kept him from doing other things. He could go out year after year and clear fifty thousand in a season. He thought that he simply couldn’t afford to do anything else. But in his later years he was full of bitter regrets. He felt “Monte Cristo” had ruined his career as an artist.
While a bit faded, this 1897 advertising poster still adorns our living room—talk about a Throwback Thursday from way, way back!