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Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research

Theater Collections

Lynn Fontanne, Noel Coward and Alfred Lunt in a scene from the Broadway production of DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933) Lunt/Fontanne Collection
Lynn Fontanne, Noel Coward and Alfred
Lunt in a scene from the Broadway
production of DESIGN FOR LIVING
(1933) Lunt/Fontanne Collection

The history of the Broadway stage and important regional theaters can be traced through the manuscripts, photographs and other visual collections of the WCFTR.

Collections have been established by actors such as Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Melvyn Douglas, Kitty Carlisle, Hal Holbrook and the Actors' Studio, and playwrights including S.N. Behrman, Moss Hart, Langston Hughes, George S. Kaufman, Walter and Jean Kerr, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, N. Richard Nash, Paul Osborn, and Dale Wasserman. The Center also holds the papers of the Playwrights Company (founded by Maxwell Anderson, Sidney Howard, Elmer Rice, Robert Sherwood, and.Behrman) . The work of composers and lyricists Marc Blitzstein, Sheldon Harnick , Stephen Sondheim, and of costume, set and lighting designers Dorothy Jeakins, Gilbert Hemsley and Jean Rosenthal, is fully documented in their collections of original scores and designs. The practical as well as the creative aspects of Broadway theater of the 1940s to the 1960s are extensively covered in the collections of producers and directors Kermit Bloomgarden, Hilliard Elkins, Herman Levin, David Merrick, and Dwight Deere Wiman.

Mae West in the play CATHERINE WAS GREAT (1944).  GSA Theater Title File
Mae West in the play
CATHERINE WAS GREAT (1944).
GSA Theater Title File

 


 

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