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Charles Frohman

(1860–1915) American manager. After a series of show business jobs, Frohman and his brothers Daniel and Gustave took over Steele MacKaye's Madison Square Theatre in 1877. They ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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222 words

..., Charles ( 1860–1915 ) American manager . After a series of show business jobs, Frohman and his brothers Daniel and Gustave took over Steele MacKaye 's Madison Square Theatre in 1877 . They devised a production system that changed American theatre, sending out full touring companies with versions of successful New York shows. In 1883 Frohman's own producing career started with The Stranglers of Paris , but fame only came with his production of Bronson Howard 's Shenandoah ( 1889 ). After taking over Proctor's Theatre and running his...

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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..., Charles ( 1860–1915 ). Stage producer and manager . A much-admired and respected presenter of theatre on both sides of the Atlantic, the enterprising producer offered Broadway thirty musicals during his career, as well as another thirteen in London. Frohman was born in Sandusky, Ohio, the son of a traveling peddler, and went to New York at the age of twelve to work for various newspapers. By 1877 he was helping to book touring theatre productions and, with his brothers Daniel and Gustave , eventually managed the prestigious Madison Square Theatre in...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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198 words

..., Charles ( 1860–1915 ) American *manager . After a series of show business jobs, Frohman and his brothers Daniel and Gustave took over Steele *MacKaye 's Madison Square Theatre in 1877 . They devised a production system that changed American theatre, sending out full *touring companies with versions of successful New York shows. In 1883 Frohman's own producing career started with The Stranglers of Paris , but fame only came with his production of Bronson *Howard 's Shenandoah ( 1889 ). By the century's turn he had co-founded the *Theatrical...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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Literature
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48 words

..., Charles ( 1860–1915 ), New York theatrical manager, head of the theatrical trust of the 1890s, extended his operations to London after 1897 and created a system of exchange productions between the two cities, bringing to New York the works of Barrie , Galsworthy , Shaw , and Granville Barker...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...was headed with diminishing returns by his elder brother Daniel, who had been successful with his New York Stock Company. He wrote Memories of a Manager ( 1911 ), Daniel Frohman Presents ( 1935 ) and a volume of essays, Encore ( 1937 ). Gustavus brought his two brothers into theatre business, but never achieved their success. Ian Bevan I. F. Marcosson and D. Frohman , Charles Frohman, Manager and Man ...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Charles ( 1860–1915 ), producer . The youngest of three brothers who made names for themselves in the theatrical arena, he was born in Sandusky, Ohio, the son of an itinerant peddler. At the age of twelve he came to New York and took work first with the Tribune and later with the Daily Graphic . But having long loved theatre, Frohman took an evening job selling tickets at Hooley 's Theatre in Brooklyn. By 1877 he was serving as advance agent for traveling shows, including Haverly 's Minstrels. Steele MacKaye invited Charles and his brothers,...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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247 words

..., Charles ( 1860–1915 ), American manager, who like his brothers Daniel and Gustave (below) inherited a passion for the theatre. From selling souvenirs and programmes he graduated to various managerial posts. He first visited England in 1880 as business manager of Haverly's Minstrels, for whom he achieved royal patronage. His first great success came in 1888–9 with Bronson Howard 's Shenandoah , which laid the foundations of his fortune since he had shrewdly bought the American rights. In 1893 he opened the Empire Theatre with a fine stock...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0Charles Charles Frohman 1860 – 1915 American theatrical manager Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life. before drowning in the Lusitania , 7 May 1915 I. F. Marcosson and D. Frohman Charles Frohman (1916); see Barrie Why fear death most beautiful adventure in...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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50 words

...0Charles Charles Frohman 1860 – 1915 American theatrical manager Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life. last words, before drowning in the Lusitania , 7 May 1915 I. F. Marcosson and D. Frohman Charles Frohman (1916) ch. 19; see barrie Why fear death most beautiful adventure in...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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2011
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...Charles Frohman 1860 1915 American theatrical producer Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure of life. These were Frohman's last words before going down with the Lusitania in 1915. The words were reported by survivors and quoted in I.F. Marcosson and D. Frohman, Charles Frohman (1916). Undoubtedly Frohman was alluding to the line ‘To die will be an awfully big adventure’ in J.M. Barrie's play Peter Pan (1904), which he had first produced on the London stage. See Barrie 2 . For it is not right that in a house the muses haunt mourning...

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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224 words

... Charles b. 17 June 1860, Sandusky, Ohio, USA, d. 7 May 1915, Atlantic Ocean. Intent on a life in the theatre, Frohman took many menial backstage jobs as he learned his trade. He was still only in his mid-twenties when he staged his first production and was soon chalking up successes, among them being the New York premiere of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Throughout the last decade of the old century and the first of the new, Frohman was responsible for bringing to the stage many musical comedies. These he produced in the USA and...

Charles Frohman

Charles Frohman  

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(1860–1915)American manager. After a series of show business jobs, Frohman and his brothers Daniel and Gustave took over Steele MacKaye's Madison Square Theatre in 1877. They devised a production ...
Edward G. Unitt

Edward G. Unitt  

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(fl. late 19th and early 20th century), designer.One of the busiest set designers of his day and a favorite of both Daniel Frohman and Charles Frohman, he kept a ...
Edna Wallace Hopper

Edna Wallace Hopper  

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(b. San Francisco, 17 Jan. 1864?; d. New York, 14 Dec. 1959)Diminutive comedienne and singer. With Charles Frohman's stock company she played her first lead in a comedy created ...
John D. Williams

John D. Williams  

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(1886?–1941), producer.The Boston native worked for a time with Erlanger and Charles Frohman. Then, after the latter's death, he embarked on an independent, somewhat brief, career that nevertheless ...
Catch Of The Season

Catch Of The Season  

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An early musical retelling of the Cinderella fable, The Catch Of The Season was presented by the renowned producer Charles Frohman, and starred one of London’s most familiar theatrical figures ...
Daniel Frohman

Daniel Frohman  

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(1851–1940),American manager, who started work as a journalist but in 1880 became business manager of the Madison Square Theatre. He went into independent management in 1885 with his brother ...
Mrs. Thomas Whiffen

Mrs. Thomas Whiffen  

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(1845–1936), actress and singer.The native Londoner studied voice with her mother, Mary, who was an opera singer, and later completed her education in France. She performed for a time ...
William Faversham

William Faversham  

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(b. London, 12 Feb. 1868; d. Long Island, NY, 7 April 1940)Actor–manager. Engaged by Charles Frohman in 1893, for eight years he played a number of classical and contemporary ...
Baldwin Theatre

Baldwin Theatre  

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(San Francisco).Built on Market Street in 1875 by the celebrated San Francisco gambler and entrepreneur Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin as Baldwin's Academy of Music, it quickly became the principal ...

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