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Abe Burrows

Abe Burrows  

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(b. New York, 18 Dec. 1910; d. New York, 17 May 1985)Playwright and director. Burrows wrote for radio and early television before turning to the stage as co-librettist with ...
Abraham Goldfaden

Abraham Goldfaden  

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(1840–1908)Ukrainian dramatist and composer, considered the father of the modern Yiddish stage. Goldfaden mounted full-fledged operettas, some of which—The Witch (1879), The Two Kuni-Lemls (1880), ...
Adam de la Halle

Adam de la Halle  

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(b Arras, c.1245; d Naples, ?1288 or in England after 1306).Fr. trouvère, poet, and composer. Wrote in all genres current in 13th cent., both monophonic chansons and polyphonic motets. Few ...
Adam Mickiewicz

Adam Mickiewicz  

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(1798–1855),the outstanding poet of Poland, and the founder of the Romantic movement in Polish literature. Born and educated in Vilna, he was exiled in 1829, and lived thereafter mainly ...
Africa

Africa  

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This entry summarizes some of the main features of indigenous sub-Saharan African theatre and performance, concentrating on pre-colonial forms. For the syncretic forms which emerged after colonial ...
African-American theatre

African-American theatre  

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After the War of 1812, William Henry Brown offered alfresco amusements for blacks in a tea garden behind his house in New York. By 1821, whites formed much of the ...
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afterpiece  

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A short opera or pantomime given after the performance of a play or other major dramatic work; the genre was popular in England in the 18th and early 19th centuries.[...]
Aida Overton Walker

Aida Overton Walker  

(b. 14 February 1880; d. 11 October 1914), performer.According to Salem Tutt Whitney in his 1920 article “How to Join a Show,” Aida Overton Walker “[b]y force of ability ...
Al Jolson

Al Jolson  

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1886–1950)US singer. Billed as ‘The World's Greatest Entertainer’, he was extremely popular on the stage for several decades.Born in Lithuania, Jolson was brought to the USA in 1894 and brought up in ...
Alain Boublil

Alain Boublil  

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(b. Tunis, 5 March 1941) and(b. Vannes, France, 6 July 1944)Composer Schönberg first teamed up with lyricist and musical book writer Boublil on a rock opera, La Révolution ...
Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn  

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(1939– ),playwright. His first London success, Relatively Speaking (1967, pub. 1968), was followed by many others, including Absurd Person Singular (1973, pub. 1974); The Norman Conquests (1974, pub. ...
Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner  

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(1918–86),born in New York City, after graduation from Harvard (1940) met Frederick Loewe (1904–88), an Austrian-born composer, for whose music he wrote lyrics in their successful collaboration on ...
Aleksandr Tairov

Aleksandr Tairov  

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(1885–1950)Russian/Soviet director. After a period as an actor, Tairov's first important post was at Mardzhanov's Free Theatre in 1913, where he directed his future wife Koonen in Schnitzler's The ...
Alfred Drake

Alfred Drake  

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(1914–92)American actor and singer. Born Alfredo Capurro, he made his professional debut in 1936 in White Horse Inn, followed by Babes in Arms (1937). He acted regularly in small ...
Algiers

Algiers  

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(Al-Djazair)Capital of Algeria and centre of its political, economic, social, and cultural life. A major port, Algiers was always open to outside influences, and its modern theatre developed, like ...
Alun Owen

Alun Owen  

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(1925–94),Welsh‐Liverpudlian playwright, actor, and television scriptwriter, born in Menai Bridge, North Wales, and educated at Oulton High School, Liverpool. During the war he worked as a Bevin Boy ...
Amelio Perlini

Amelio Perlini  

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(1947– )Italian actor, director, and cinematographer. In 1973, with the lighting artist and designer Antonello Aglioti and the musician Alain Curran, Perlini formed Teatro La Maschera, Rome, and ...
Anatoly Vasiliev

Anatoly Vasiliev  

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(1942– )Soviet/Russian director. Vasiliev worked at the Moscow Art Theatre during the 1970s. His production of Slavkin's A Young Man's Grown-up Daughter (1979) at the Stanislavsky Theatre was ...
André Bishop

André Bishop  

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(1949– )American manager and arts administrator. After a brief and undistinguished career as an actor, Bishop became literary manager at Playwrights Horizons, an active Off-Broadway company. He ...
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber  

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(b London, 1948).Eng. composer. With Tim Rice (b 1944) as librettist, comp. highly successful musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), and Evita ...

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