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Musical Theater (THTR 135). Class #9: The Sixties, part 1 Directors Choreographers. The Big Four. (1) Mr. Abbott (2) Harold Prince (3) Bob Fossee (4) Jerome Robbins. Mr. Abbott (1887-1995). “Mr. Broadway”. Actor (“Forgettable!”) Playwright The Fall Guy Director & Producer….

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musical theater thtr 135

Musical Theater (THTR 135)

Class #9: The Sixties, part 1

Directors

Choreographers

the big four
The Big Four

(1) Mr. Abbott

(2) Harold Prince

(3) Bob Fossee

(4) Jerome Robbins

mr broadway
“Mr. Broadway”
  • Actor
    • (“Forgettable!”)
  • Playwright
    • The Fall Guy
  • Director & Producer…
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1926: Chicago (director)

1926: Broadway (playwright, director)

1928: Gentlemen of the Press (director)

1932: Lilly Turner (playwright, director, producer)

1932: Twentieth Century (director, producer)

1935: Jumbo (director)

1936: On Your Toes (book)

1937: Room Service (director, producer)

1938: The Boys from Syracuse (book, director, producer)

1939: Too Many Girls (director, producer)

1940: Pal Joey (director, producer)

1944: On the Town (director)

1947: High Button Shoes (director)

1948: Where's Charley? (book, director)

1949: Mrs. Gibbons' Boys (producer, director)

1950: Call Me Madam (director)

1951: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (book, director, producer)

1953: Wonderful Town (director)

1954: The Pajama Game (book, director)

1955: Damn Yankees (book, director)

1957: New Girl in Town (book, director)

1959: Once Upon a Mattress (director)*

1959: Fiorello! (book, director)*

1960: Tenderloin (book, director)

1962: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (director)*

1964: Fade Out - Fade In (director)

1965: Flora, The Red Menace (book, director)*

1965: Anya (book, director)

1967: How Now, Dow Jones (director)

1968: The Education of Hyman Kaplan (director)

1976: Music Is (book, director)

mr show doctor
“Mr. Show Doctor”
  • Out of town try-out trouble
    • Possible fixes?
21 tony awards
21 Tony Awards
  • Best Director (8)
  • Best Producer (8)
  • Best Producer of a Musical (2)
  • Special Tonys
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Tickets, Please!(1950) - assistant stage manager

Call Me Madam (1950) - assistant stage manager

Wonderful Town (1953) - stage manager

The Pajama Game (1954) - co-producer

Damn Yankees (1955) - co-producer

New Girl in Town (1957) - co-producer

West Side Story (1957) - co-producer*

Fiorello!(1959) - co-producer*

West Side Story (1960) - co-producer*

Tenderloin (1960) - co-producer

A Call on Kuprin(1961) - producer

Take Her, She's Mine (1961) - producer

A Family Affair (1962) - director

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(1962)*

She Loves Me(1963) - producer, director

Fiddler on the Roof(1964) - producer

Baker Street (1964) - director

Flora, The Red Menace (1965) – producer*

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman(1966) - producer, director

Cabaret (1966) - producer, director*

Zorba(1968) - producer, director*

Company (1970) - producer, director*

Follies (1971) - producer, director*

The Great God Brown (1972) - artistic director

Don Juan (1972) - artistic director

A Little Night Music(1973) - director, producer*

Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973) - performer

The Visit(1973) - director

Chemin de Fer (1973) - artistic director

Holiday (1973- artistic director

Candide (1974) - producer, director*

Love for Love (1974) - director

The Member of the Wedding (1975) - artistic director

The Rules of the Game(1974) - artistic director

Pacific Overtures(1976) - producer, director*

Side by Side by Sondheim(1977) - producer

Some of My Best Friends (1977) - director

On the Twentieth Century (1978) - director

Sweeney Todd (1979) – director*

Evita (1979) – director*

Merrily We Roll Along (1981) – director*

Willie Stark (1981) - director

A Doll's Life (1982) - producer, director

Play Memory(1984) - director

Grind (1985) - producer

Roza (musical)(1987) - director

Cabaret(1987) – director*

The Phantom of the Opera (1988) – director*

Grandchild Of Kings(1991) - adaptation (from the stories of Sean O'Casey) director

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) – director*

Show Boat (1994) – director*

The Petrified Prince (1994) - director

Candide (1997) - director

Parade (1998) - director, co-conceiver

Hollywood Arms - 2002) - producer, director

Bounce (2003) - director

Lovemusik (2007) – director

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“The time to sing is when your emotional level is too high to just speak anymore, and the time to dance is when your emotions are just too strong to only sing about how you feel."

the triple crown
“The Triple Crown”
  • 1972
    • Tony Award: Pippin
      • Ben Vereen
    • Academy Award: Cabaret
    • Emmy Award: Liza With a Z
style
Style
  • Vaudeville/Burlesque
    • Fred Astaire
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Turned-in knees
  • Hats and Gloves?
  • Subtext!
fosse on line
Fosse on line
  • http://www.fosse.com/
  • “My Sister Eileen”
    • 1955 with Tommy Rall
  • “All That Jazz”
    • 1979
      • Final 10 minutes
gwen verdon
Gwen Verdon
  • “Damn Yankess”
    • 1955
career
Career
  • George Balanchine
    • Influence and inspiration
  • Classical ballet into Broadway style
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1950 Call Me Madam - musical - choreographer

  • 1951 The King and I - musical - choreographer
  • 1954 The Pajama Game - musical - co-director
  • 1954 Peter Pan- musical - director and choreographer
  • 1956 Bells Are Ringing - musical - director and co-choreographer with Bob Fosse – Tony co-Nominee for Best Choreography
  • 1957 West Side Story - musical - choreographer, director - Tony Award for Best Choreography
  • 1959 Gypsy - musical - choreographer and director - Tony Award Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical
  • 1962 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - musical - uncredited directing and choreography assistant
huac testimony
HUAC Testimony
  • Sterling Hayden
  • Burl Ives
  • Elia Kazan
  • Lela Rogers (mother of Ginger Rogers)
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Flora the Red Menace (1965)

  • Cabaret (1966)
  • The Happy Time (1968)
  • Zorba (1968)
  • 70, Girls, 70(1971)
  • Chicago (1975)
  • The Act (1978)
  • Woman of the Year (1981)
  • The Rink(1984)
  • And The World Goes 'Round (1991)
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman(1992)
  • Steel Pier (1997)
  • Curtains(2006)
plus two films
Plus two films…
  • Funny Lady (1975)
  • New York, New York (1977)
leading ladies
Leading Ladies
  • Gwen Verdon & Chita Rivera
    • Chicago The Mike Douglass Show
  • Liza Minnelli
    • New York, New York
cabaret 1966
Cabaret 1966
  • Christopher Isherwood
    • I Am A Camera
    • Goodbye To Berlin
      • 1939
original cast
Original cast
  • Lotte Lenya
    • Kurt Weill
      • “What Would You Do?”
      • “So What?”
what would you do
“What Would You Do?”

With the time rushing by,What would you do?With the clock running down,What would you do?The young always have the cure:Being brave, being sure and free.But imagine if you were me.Alone like meAnd this is the only world I knowSome rooms to let,To some other lifetime, even so.I'll take your advice,What would you do?Would you pay the price,What would you do?Suppose simply keeping still,Means you managed until the end.What would you do,My brave, young friend?Grown old like me,With neither there'll be no wish to run.Grown tired like me,For her is forbid when day is doneGrown wise like me,Who isn't in war with anyone?Not anyone!With the storm in the wind,What would you do?Suppose you are unafraid and wise,Being told what the choice must be.Go on, tell me...I will listen...What would you do?...If you were me!