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Broadway Hero#1
Posted: 10/6/09 at 7:13am
I have to do a biography, and I wanted to do it on someone who changed Broadway.
Who changed Broadway?
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re: Broadway Hero#2
Posted: 10/6/09 at 9:31am
Tatum O'Neal.
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re: Broadway Hero#2
Posted: 10/6/09 at 9:35am
Agnes De Mille
Bob Fosse
David Merrick
George and Ira Gershwin
Rodgers and Hammerstein
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re: Broadway Hero#3
Posted: 10/6/09 at 9:36am
George M. Cohan

Actually Oscar Hammerstein (the lyricist's grandfather) would be a really interesting story.
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re: Broadway Hero#4
Posted: 10/6/09 at 9:44am
Michael Bennett
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re: Broadway Hero#5
Posted: 10/6/09 at 9:58am
Rodgers and Hammerstein
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re: Broadway Hero#6
Posted: 10/6/09 at 9:59am
Some really good suggestions so far (will second the Michael Bennett one)

Also:
Stephen Sondheim
Andrew Lloyd Webber (whether for good or bad, which is a whole other argument, he certainly changed Broadway...)
Leonard Bernstein
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re: Broadway Hero#7
Posted: 10/6/09 at 10:04am
Hal Prince
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re: Broadway Hero#8
Posted: 10/6/09 at 10:18am
In addition to the previous suggestions, I'd add:

Jerome Robbins
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re: Broadway Hero#9
Posted: 10/6/09 at 12:14pm
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re: Broadway Hero#10
Posted: 10/6/09 at 12:38pm
I think Oscar Hammerstein. He started in operetta and ended up changing the entire idea of the American musical by bringing serious themes into it. Plus--he and Richard Rodgers were producers and music publishers, so they expanded the roles of writers into business people.
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re: Broadway Hero#11
Posted: 10/6/09 at 12:59pm
Andrew Lloyd Webber
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re: Broadway Hero#12
Posted: 10/6/09 at 1:01pm
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re: Broadway Hero#13
Posted: 10/6/09 at 1:02pm
Joe Brooks
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re: Broadway Hero#14
Posted: 10/6/09 at 1:04pm
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re: Broadway Hero#15
Posted: 10/6/09 at 1:09pm
David Belasco. He basically shaped early American theater, and there's a lot of really interesting stuff there.
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re: Broadway Hero#16
Posted: 10/6/09 at 3:18pm
Nice to see SOMEONE knew who David Belasco was and the influence he had. I don't think any of his plays, per se, were memorable, but his impact on scene design, lighting, the star system, and other innovations changed the way things were done.

Also consider Florenz Zielgeld, Jr. -- the musical was NEVER the same after he landed in town. And Eugene O'Neill turned the serious Broadway theatre around forever.
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re: Broadway Hero#17
Posted: 10/6/09 at 3:22pm
Oh, don't worry, I wasn't referring to Belasco's playwriting at all.
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re: Broadway Hero#18
Posted: 10/6/09 at 4:15pm
Stella Adler & Lee Strasberg , who revolutionized the craft of acting on the American stage by introducing and teaching the Stanislavski system, which later came to be known as the "Method".

Tennessee Williams, whose plays tackled controversial characters and subjects with a frank, unflinching realism that was made to order for the new generation of brilliant young actors (Brando, Dean, Clift, etc) trained by Adler and Strasberg in the "Method" style of acting, and embraced by cutting edge directors (Kazan, etc).
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re: Broadway Hero#19
Posted: 10/6/09 at 4:26pm
Jerome Kern who along with Oscar Hammerstein wrote SHOWBOAT, which changed forever the Broadway musical.
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re: Broadway Hero#20
Posted: 10/6/09 at 4:50pm
Bob Fosse
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Jerome Robbins
Stephen Sondheim
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Kander & Ebb
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re: Broadway Hero#21
Posted: 10/6/09 at 5:30pm
Susan Boyle
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re: Broadway Hero#22
Posted: 10/6/09 at 7:03pm
"Oh, don't worry, I wasn't referring to Belasco's playwriting at all."

Though don't forget that Belasco provided Puccini with the materials that became Madama Butterfly and La fanciulla del West (which in turn provided the Puccini estate with a lovely plagiarism suit against Andrew Lloyd Webber).
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re: Broadway Hero#23
Posted: 10/6/09 at 7:16pm
Irving Berlin
Ethel Merman
Bert Williams
Cole Porter


And just because I think she's the ultimate diva:
Carol Channing