Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Re-Naming Theatres, Part 3: April Poll

NOTE: For some reason, this entire blog would not post as one. Therefore, it will post as three separate blogs. All three will post today, about a half hour apart. Since they all have to do with the poll for April, which starts tomorrow, I thought it best to put up all three at once. TO SEE THEM ALL, CLICK ON "BROADWAY THEATRES" AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG. Enjoy!

Part One: Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, and Jerry Herman and Part Two: Kander and Ebb, Angela Lansbury and Arthur Miller posted earlier.

Here are my final three choices for possibly having a Broadway theatre renamed after them.  Where do you stand?  The poll starts tomorrow, so vote!

Cole Porter

Debut: Hands Up! - July 22, 1915
Music and Lyrics: Fifty Million Frenchmen, The New Yorkers, Anything Goes, Red, Hot and Blue,Du Barry was a Lady, Can-Can, Panama Hattie, Silk Sockings, Kiss Me, Kate, Mr. Wonderful, Out of  this World
Posthumous Original Musicals: High Society, Happy New Year
Additional Material/ Featured In: Hands Up!, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Miss Information, Marlene, Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life, Fosse, Come Fly Away

4 Tony Awards - all for Kiss Me, Kate

He wrote 26 musicals with music and lyrics.
His three most recent Broadway shows, revivals of Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate, and a new musical, High Society, earned 24 Tony nominations, 8 wins, 24 Drama Desk nominations, 9 wins, and two Theatre World Awards (Linda Hart - Anything Goes; Anna Kendrick - High Society)

Harold Prince

Debut: Tickets, Please! - Assistant Stage Manager - April 27, 1950
Assistant/Stage Manager: Tickets, Please!, Call Me Madam, Wonderful Town
Producer: The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, West Side Story, Fiorello!, Tenderloin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Side by Side by Sondheim
Director: A Family Affair, Baker Street, On the 21st Century, Sweeney Todd, Evitam Roza, The Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Show Boat (94), Candide, Lovemusik
Producer/Director: She Loves Me, "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!", Cabaret, Company, Zorba, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, A Doll's Life, Grind, Parade
Performer: Wonderful Town

14 Drama Desk nominations, 8 wins
39 Tony Award nominations, 21 wins

He is most Tony Awarded person in history.
His producttion of The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running musical in Broadway history.

Company, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof

Tennessee Williams

Debut:The Glass Menagerie - March 31, 1945 (Happy Anniversary!)
His Plays: The Glass Menagerie, You Touched Me, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real,Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Orpheus Descending, Sweet Bird of Youth, Period of Adjustment, The Night of the Iguana, Slapstick Tragedy, The 7 Descents of Myrtle, Out Cry, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Vieux Carre, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, Not About Nightingales
The Revivals: A Streetcar Named Desire (7), The Glass Menagerie (5), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (4), The Night of the Iguana (3), The Rose Tattoo (2), and 1 each of: Summer and Smoke, Orpheus Descending, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

  • 1 Drama Desk nomination
  • 4 Tony Award nominations, 1 win
  • 2 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama - A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • Tennessee Williams is the most revived modern day playwright in Broadway history, with 24. He is third of all playwrights, behind William Shakespeare (over 300) and Gilbert and Sullivan (nearly 200).

The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

REMEMBER: Parts 1 and 2 of this blog posted earlier today.  Check them all out.  And vote for your pick starting tomorrow in the new Poll which will appear to the right of this blog.

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  1. Whoops, read part 3 first, but still, Hammerstein is probably the most influential person in the history of theater as a librettist (Show Boat, Oklahoma) and mentor (of Stephen Sondheim). I would argue he is worthy of a theater of his own for any of those contributions alone. Had there been no Hammerstein, there might have been no Sondheim brilliance. Had there been no Show Boat, could any of these modern musicals have happened? Next to Normal? Rent? I think Hammerstein is certainly appropriate for that honor. However, I acknowledge that seeing Sondheim's reaction to the announcement is gift enough.


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