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An American theatre : the story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 / Richard Somerset-Ward ; with a foreword by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

Title
An American theatre : the story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 / Richard Somerset-Ward ; with a foreword by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.
Author
Somerset-Ward, Richard.
Publication
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2005.

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Additional Authors
  • Woodward, Joanne, 1930-
  • Newman, Paul, 1925-2008
Description
304 p. : ill.; 29 cm.
Summary
For 75 years, Westport Country Playhouse has faithfully reflected the story of American theatre. Founded by Lawrence and Armina Langner in 1931, it has never been more than a summer stock theatre, yet it has an astonishing pedigree. George Bernard Shaw and Noël Coward gave world premieres there so did Leonard Gershe and A.R. Gurney in more recent times. Playwrights Eugene ONeill and S.N. Behrman were closely linked to it, and talents as diverse as Jane Wyatt, Gene Kelly, Stephen Sondheim, and Liza Minnelli performed there early in their careers. The aristocracy of the acting profession and the giants of Hollywood appeared Ethel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Paul Robeson, Groucho Marx, Tyrone Power, Olivia de Havilland. And the Playhouse can claim a role in the creation of two of the American theatres greatest musicals Oklahoma! and My Fair Lady. This fascinating and lavishly illustrated book traces the entire story of Westport Country Playhouse from its beginnings in the midst of the Depression to its 75th-anniversary renovations and rejuvenation. Filled with colorful characters and lively anecdotes, it is a story that will appeal to everyone who has ever been enchanted by the magic of a live theatre performance.
Subjects
Genre/Form
History
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-292) and index.
Processing Action (note)
  • committed to retain
Contents
The prologue -- Westport--circa 1931 -- The barn becomes a theatre -- In repertory--1931-32 -- "Doing the plays we really want to do"--1933-41 -- Lawrence Langner -- Happily losing a little money--1946-58 -- Under new management--1959-72 -- The not-for-profit theatre--1973-84 -- Saving the theatre: the playhouse partnership--1985-99 -- "A doer, not just a dreamer": Joanne Woodward takes charge--2000-5 -- Connecticut Theatre Foundation board of directors, 2005.
ISBN
  • 0300106483 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 0300109385 (boxed ed.)
LCCN
^^2005000849
OCLC
57493820
Owning Institutions
Harvard Library