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Ray Middleton

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(1907–1984). Stage, television, and film performer. The robust, strapping leading man with an exceptional baritone voice, he appeared intermittently on Broadway for thirty years. ...

Middleton, Ray

Middleton, Ray (1907–1984)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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..., Ray [mond Earl ] ( 1907–1984 ). Stage , television , and film performer . The robust, strapping leading man with an exceptional baritone voice, he appeared intermittently on Broadway for thirty years. Middleton was born in Chicago and studied music at the University of Illinois and Juilliard for an opera career, but by 1933 he was on Broadway, playing leading roles in the musicals Roberta ( 1933 ) and Knickerbocker Holiday ( 1938 ). After appearing in George White's Scandals ( 1939 ) and serving in the Air Force during World War II, he...

Middleton Ray

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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... Ray b. 8 February 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 10 April 1984, Panorama City, California, USA. A good looking singer and actor with a rich, powerful, baritone voice, Middleton seemed destined for a career in opera, before being diverted into musical comedy. He gained a degree in music from the University of Illinois, and also studied at the Juilliard School of Music. After venturing on to the professional stage for the first time at the Detroit Civic Opera House, he made his first appearance in New York in December 1931 as the Giant in Jack And The...

Ray Middleton

Ray Middleton  

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(1907–1984).Stage, television, and film performer. The robust, strapping leading man with an exceptional baritone voice, he appeared intermittently on Broadway for thirty years. Middleton was born in ...
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol  

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(CBS-TV 1954). Fredric March played Scrooge in this musical, sometimes operatic, version scored by Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann and playwright–lyricist Maxwell Anderson. The sixty-minute ...
Roberta (stage musical)

Roberta (stage musical)  

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Opening at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on 18 November 1933, this show was based on Alice Duer Miller’s novel Gowns By Roberta, and set, appropriately enough, in ...
Love Life

Love Life  

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A most unusual show, with music by Kurt Weill, and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Love Life opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York on ...
South Pacific

South Pacific  

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Music
This immensely successful screen version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway hit musical was released by 20th Century-Fox in 1958. Paul Osborn’s screenplay, which was adapted ...
Ferdinand Howald

Ferdinand Howald  

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(1856–1934).Collector. Also a businessman. An early and discriminating buyer of progressive and modern American work, he bequeathed the cream of his collection to the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art. ...
George White

George White  

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(b. New York, 1890; d. Hollywood, 11 Oct. 1968)Dancer, producer and director. White began dancing professionally while still a youngster. He afterwards performed in vaudeville and in Broadway ...
Roberta

Roberta  

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The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers bandwagon gathered pace with this 1935 adaptation of another successful Broadway musical. Naturally, the original libretto, which itself was based on Alice Duer ...
Knickerbocker Holiday

Knickerbocker Holiday  

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Not a particularly successful show, but notable for the participation of two much-admired American citizens, the distinguished character actor Walter Huston, and the celebrated playwright Maxwell ...
Panama Hattie

Panama Hattie  

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Considered to be similar in some ways to Du Barry Was A Lady (1939), this show was nevertheless felt to be inferior to that one, although it employed the same ...
Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun  

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Music
Like many other films boasting Irving Berlin scores, Annie Get Your Gun is rarely seen nowadays, owing to the composer’s original financial demands over any performance or broadcasting of his ...
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horror  

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And fantasy have been with us, in one form or another, for as long as literature has existed. M. Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), R. L. Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), and ...
Christmas Carol, A

Christmas Carol, A   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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... Bernard Herrmann and playwright–lyricist Maxwell Anderson . The sixty-minute broadcast abridged the Charles Dickens novella to make room for the songs but critics agreed that Anderson's teleplay was economical and straightforward. Basil Rathbone was Marley's Ghost, Ray Middleton was the Ghost of Christmas Present, and also featured were Bob Sweeney , Craig Hill , Bonnie Franklin , Queenie Leonard , Peter Miles , Christopher Cook , and the Robert Wagner Chorale. The rich, evocative score included the songs “On This Darkest Day of Winter,” “Dear...

Roberta

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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... ( 1933 ) , a musical comedy by Otto Harbach (book, lyrics), Jerome Kern (music). [ New Amsterdam Theatre , 295 perf.] When all‐American fullback John Kent ( Ray Middleton ) inherits the exclusive Paris dress shop “Roberta” from his Aunt Minnie (Fay Templeton ), he and his pal Huckleberry Haines (Bob Hope ) go to Europe to take charge. John allows his aunt's young assistant Stephanie ( Tamara ) to run the shop, and soon a romance blossoms between the two. The appearance of John's old flame, Sophie ( Helen Gray ), nearly destroys the affair, but...

Knickerbocker Holiday

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...Holiday ( 1938 ) , a musical comedy by Maxwell Anderson (book, lyrics), Kurt Weill (music). [ Ethel Barrymore Theatre , 168 perf.] As he writes his history of New York, Washington Irving ( Ray Middleton ) seems to wander back into the 17th century just as New Amsterdam is awaiting the arrival of Pieter Stuyvesant (Walter Huston ). The town council seeks to divert the new governor from its corruption and ineptitude by staging a hanging, and they select a rebellious young man, Brom Brock (Richard Kollmar ), who brashly has asked to marry Tina...

Love Life

Love Life   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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189 words

...). A fascinating if problematic musical experiment, the show foreshadowed the more creative musicals of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly Cabaret ( 1966 ) and Chicago ( 1975 ). Alan Jay Lerner wrote the adventurous libretto, the story of the ageless married couple Sam ( Ray Middleton ) and Susan Cooper ( Nanette Fabray ) from 1791 to 1948 . The chronicle of their marriage was framed by a series of vaudeville acts that commented on their up-and-down relationship, which happened to parallel the ups and downs of the nation. Lerner also wrote the lyrics for...

Keeffe, Barrie

Keeffe, Barrie   Reference library

David Cottis

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...instead of calling the police, had a beer with the boy and wrote about him in Frozen Assets ( 1978 ). His plays are often named after 1960s rock songs; he collaborated with the Kinks' Ray Davies on Chorus Girls ( 1981 ), and wrote about a British Janis Joplin figure in Bastard Angel ( 1980 ). A Mad World, my Masters ( 1977 ) attempted to re-create the mood of Middleton 's Jacobean city comedy in modern London . Sus ( 1979 ), set in a police station on the evening of Margaret Thatcher's election, was one of many plays, including King of England ...

Panama Hattie

Panama Hattie   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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412 words

...screenplay retained the same premise and built up some of the secondary characters but the score was a mixed bag of some Casts for Panama Hattie Characters 1940 Broadway 1942 film 1954 television Hattie Ethel Merman Ann Sothern Ethel Merman Nick/Dick James Dunn Dan Dailey Ray Middleton Geraldine Jean Carroll Jackie Horner Red Red Skelton Florrie/Flo Betty Hutton Virginia O'Brien Woozy/Rags Rags Ragland Rags Ragland Art Carney Scat Briggs Pat Harrington Windy/Rowdy Frank Hyers Ben Blue Jack E. Leonard Vivian/Jay Arthur Treacher Alan Mowbray Porters songs...

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