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Tag Archives: Broadway

The (Gasp!) Canadian Who Played Abraham Lincoln

An old trick of the media is to suggest an upcoming event will cause Great Offence and Controversy, without waiting to see if it actually does. Source: The (Gasp!) Canadian … Continue reading


Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway, Is Dead at 91 – The New York Times

Neil Simon, the playwright whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and commercial success in the theater for decades, and who helped redefine popular American humor with an emphasis on … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 4 Comments

JULY 29, 1887: NAUGHTY NOMADS AND SINGING SOTS – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in 1887, Sigmund Romberg moved to the United States in 1909 and, after a short resume builder in a pencil factory (as a sharpener?), found work as a pianist.  … Continue reading

07/29/2018 · 1 Comment


This vintage real photo postcard features English stage actress Pamela Gaythorne. She is quite attractive and wearing much jewellery and lace. Note her not so subtle hat. It looks as … Continue reading

07/18/2017 · 2 Comments

The Ups and Downs of Lina Basquette | Travalanche

Lina Basquette (Lena Copeland Baskette) was born on April 19, 1907. Basquette was a star of stage and screen through several different phases but is perhaps best remembered today for … Continue reading

06/04/2017 · 1 Comment

Joseph Cotten: Courtliness Personified | Travalanche

Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) was born on May 15. The late year of his death surprised me. Cotten’s last film had been in 1981 and I couldn’t imagine him ever not … Continue reading

05/19/2017 · 1 Comment

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments


This vintage real photo postcard features stage actress Julie Opp (1871-1921).  Miss Opp was an American stage actress who was for many years popular in America as well as in … Continue reading

11/19/2016 · Leave a comment

The Space is the Place; the Museum’s Collection on Theaters | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

With Archtober – New York City’s annual Architecture and Design Month – almost upon us, it has got my theater archivist’s mind turning to the city’s history of theater buildings. … Source: The Space is … Continue reading

10/27/2016 · Leave a comment

The play within a play’s the thing! | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

“The play’s the thing…” William Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously says at the end of Act II, “…wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” For … Source: The play within a … Continue reading

08/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Controversy Erupts Over The “Non-Whites” Only Casting Call For The Hamilton Musical | JONATHAN TURLEY

There is an interesting controversy surrounding the hit musical “Hamilton” on Broadway. I have not yet seen the play on a trip to New York but I have been told … Continue reading

04/03/2016 · Leave a comment

From the Bowery to Broadway: Women of the Yiddish Stage | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Last week, the Museum opened “New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway,” a fabulous new exhibition that explores the history and influence of Yiddish theater in New York … Continue reading

03/16/2016 · Leave a comment

The short, sad story of actress Clara Bloodgood | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

On the evening of December 5, 1907, respected actress and society woman Clara Bloodgood fatally shot herself in a Baltimore hotel room. She was in town to star as the … Continue reading

03/10/2016 · 2 Comments


This vintage real photo postcard captures a scene from the stage production of “Havana” which appeared in 1908 at the Gaiety Theatre in London. The play ran for 221 performances … Continue reading

11/13/2015 · 1 Comment

Archive Interview • IAN RICHARDSON • Part 4 • 2006

Passions and Portents “It wasn’t very pleasant,” says Ian Richardson with understatement. He is referring to his experience of active duty during National Service in the aftermath of World War … Continue reading

11/03/2015 · Leave a comment

Lithe spirit: Dame Angela Lansbury at 90

A lifetime achievement in musical theatre acknowledges Lansbury’s prolific career spanning seven decades. People like to pass landmark birthdays in meaningful places, so it seems right that Dame Angela Lansbury … Continue reading

10/16/2015 · Leave a comment

October 5, 1967: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

10/05/2015 · 2 Comments

May de Sousa by Bassano 1905

Originally posted on FROM THE BYGONE:
May De Sousa (1884 – 1948) was an American singer and a Broadway actress. She came to fame in 1898 as the singer of “Dear…

09/26/2015 · 1 Comment


Originally posted on THE CABINET CARD GALLERY:
This cabinet card portrait features pretty stage star Camille D’Arville (1863-1932). The photograph was published by Newsboy and was number 38 of a…

09/08/2015 · Leave a comment

July 29, 1887: Naughty Nomads and Singing Sots

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Jane Krakowski to Return to Broadway in ‘She Loves Me’

07/16/2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway’s ‘Hand to God’ Cell Phone Offender: ‘I Downed a Few Drinks’

07/11/2015 · Leave a comment

The mystery of Mabel E. Johnston, who drew beautiful costumes | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories. In 1978, the Museum received a collection of costume design renderings that featured the work of well-known theatrical designers such as Boris Aronson, … Continue reading

06/12/2015 · Leave a comment

‘Fun Home,’ ‘Curious Incident,’ Helen Mirren Win Big at 2015 Tony Awards

06/08/2015 · Leave a comment

Happy 90th Birthday Kim Stanley

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 90th birthday of the actress Kim Stanley.  She was the narrator of To Kill A Mockingbird and played Francis Farmer‘s mother in Frances,…

03/11/2015 · Leave a comment

Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund

Originally posted on The Green Room:
Being an actor is tough. So when there are fun resources available to us, I’m all for it! One of the most fun is…

02/05/2015 · 2 Comments

Flops: when good theater goes bad

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
Broadway is a magical place. Through the dreams, combined talents, and sheer luck of a group of people, audiences are transported into…

10/08/2014 · Leave a comment

Royal Shakespeare Company Hit ‘Wolf Hall’ Moves to Broadway with Original Stars

09/25/2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Claudette Colbert

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 111th birthday of Claudette Colbert. NAME: Claudette Colbert OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Theater Actress BIRTH DATE: September 13, 1903 DEATH DATE: July 30, 1996…

08/30/2014 · Leave a comment

Decadance and Fashion: Costume Treasures

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
Theatre is a space that grants opportunity for collaboration, inviting artists of different medias to join together to create something much larger than themselves.…

08/12/2014 · Leave a comment