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AT THIS THEATRE
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THE CORT

Producer John Cort built this lovely theater as a showcase for his own productions. It opened in 1912 with one of the theater's most cherished performances: Laurette Taylor in Peg o' My Heart by her husband J Hartley Manners, which ran for 607 performances.

Now owned by the Shubert Organization, this playhouse's most recent productions have been Two Shakespearean Actors; The Grapes of Wrath; the long running Sarafina!; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; Madea with Zoe Caldwell (Tony Award) and Judith Anderson. Other 1980's tenants included Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson in Murray Schisgal's Twice Around the Park; Tennessee William's Clothes for a Summer Hotel; and engaging black pay, Home; Jessica Tandy and Glenda Jackson in the British play, Rose.

From 1969 to 1974 "The Merv Griffin Show" emanated from here, It was beautifully restored to legitimacy by the Shubert Organization with the hit The Magic Show. starring skilled magician Doug Henning (1,920 performances).

During the 1960's productions at this theatre included Brendan Behan's rowdy play The Hostage; Advise and Consent with Richard Kiley, Ed Begley, Kevin McCarthy and Barnard Hughes; the popular Purlie Victorius, written by and starring Ossie Davis, with Ruby Dee, Alan Alda and Godfrey Cambridge; Robert Redford in Sunday in New York; the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden in repertory in The Father, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Miss Julie; Kirk Douglas in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Menasha Skulnik and Louis Gossett in The Zulu and the Zada; Donald Pleasance in Poor Bitos; and Carl Reiner's comedy Something Different.

At this theatre in the 1950's: Katharine Hepburn and William Prince in As You Like It; drama critic Wolcott Gibb's hit comedy about Fire Island, Season in the Sun; Uta Hagen in Shaw's Saint Joan; Jose Ferrer (Tony Award) and Judith Evelyn in Joseph Kramm's Pulitzer Prize play, The Shrike; Menasha Skulnik in the hit comedy, The Fifth Season; Geraldine Page, Albert Salmi in The Rainmaker; the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and starring Susan Strasberg, Joseph Schildkraut and Gusti Hubert; Art Carney, Siobhan McKenna and Joan Blondell in The Rope Dancers; and Ralph Bellamy (Tony Award) as FDR in Sunrise at Campobello.

Some distinguished productions of yesteryear: Meg Mundy in The Respectful Prostitute (1848); an opulent revival of Lady Windermere's Fan (1946); Katharine Cornell and Marlon Brando in Candida (1946); Fredric March in A Bell for Adano (1944); Maxwell Anderson's The Eve of St. Mark (1942); Jose Ferrer in Charley's Aunt (1940); Thurber's  The Male Animal (1940) co-authored by and starring Elliott Nugent and Gene Tierney (1940); two smash farces directed by George Abbott, Boy Meets Girl (1935) and Room Service (1937); Laurence Olivier in The Green Bay Tree (1933).

Space limitations prevent us from mentioning all the productions which have played this theatre


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