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Ben Hecht

 
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Date of Birth: February 28, 1894
Date of Death: April 18, 1964 (70)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Ben Hecht News

Grippo Stage Company Presents CHAGALL IN SCHOOL By James Sherman Photo Grippo Stage Company Presents CHAGALL IN SCHOOL By James Sherman
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 21, 2022

Grippo Stage Company presents Chagall In School, a world premiere comedy by James Sherman (Beau Jest, The God of Isaac, The Ben Hecht Show) and directed by Georgette Verdin. 

BWW Review: MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Oyster Mill Playhouse Photo BWW Review: MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Andrea Stephenson - May 14, 2022

Moonlight and Magnolias is a farce that combines physical comedy with rapid-fire dialogue to create a hilariously funny, yet thought-provoking play. Treat yourself to an enjoyable evening with a talented cast and crew.

VIDEO: On This Day, March 15- Kristin Chenoweth Stars in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on  Photo VIDEO: On This Day, March 15- Kristin Chenoweth Stars in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 15, 2021

On this day in 2015, the classic musical On the Twentieth Century returned to Broadway!

BWW Feature: A Year Gone … OKC Rep's Beloved Michael Jones Remembered and Celebrate Photo BWW Feature: A Year Gone … OKC Rep's Beloved Michael Jones Remembered and Celebrated
by Ronn Burton - Mar 1, 2021

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre remembers and celebrates one of their founding members MICHAEL JONES, who passed away a year ago. An Emmy winner and recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, Michael was a co-founder and Artistic Associate at OKC Rep. While Michael was a pillar of the OKC theatre community, he also worked all over the country. Michael touched the lives and hearts of so many he worked with. The OKC theatre community remembers Michael Jones.

BWW Review: TWENTIETH CENTURY at ARTS Theatre Photo BWW Review: TWENTIETH CENTURY at ARTS Theatre
by Barry Lenny - Feb 21, 2021

Long-awaited since the production was closed down by the pandemic.

DRIVING MISS DAISY, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE and More Announced in Third Avenue Playhouse 2 Photo DRIVING MISS DAISY, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE and More Announced in Third Avenue Playhouse 2020 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 6, 2020

The Third Avenue Playhouse, located in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay, announces its lineup of six plays for the upcoming 2020 season. The plays include an early career work from playwright David Mamet, a 1964 musical by the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, a multi-award winning classic about the unlikely friendship between an elderly lady and her driver, the story of an unconventional advice columnist, and a farcical take on the making of Gone With The Wind.

Joe Alessi Joins MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Nottingham Playhouse Photo Joe Alessi Joins MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Nottingham Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Jan 29, 2020

The cast of Nottingham Playhouse's upcoming hysterical comedy Moonlight and Magnolias has been revealed - and it includes Coronation Street and EastEnders star Joe Alessi.

Frank Sinatra's 1945 Golden Globe Award for Film Promoting Jewish Tolerance to be Auc Photo Frank Sinatra's 1945 Golden Globe Award for Film Promoting Jewish Tolerance to be Auctioned
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 9, 2019

A 1945 Golden Globe awarded to Frank Sinatra for the short film a?oeThe House I Live Ina?? will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on December 12, 2019.

TEATRON: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival Has Announced November Schedule Photo TEATRON: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival Has Announced November Schedule
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2019

ShPIeL Performing Identity has released an updated schedule for TEATRON: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival, to be held from Sunday, November 3 - Sunday, November 10, 2019, with most events at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

ShPIeL Performing Identity To Produce TEATRON: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival Photo ShPIeL Performing Identity To Produce TEATRON: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival
by Stephi Wild - Oct 2, 2019

ShPIeL Performing Identity a?" a theatre and performance incubator and producer based jointly in Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky a?" will present TEATRON: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival from Sunday, November 3 a?" Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The eight-day festival dedicated to Jewish theatre, the first-ever in Chicago, will be presented in conjunction with and will overlap the annual Alliance for Jewish Theatre Conference, hosted by ShPIeL at Victory Gardens Theater and The Theatre School at DePaul University from November 1-3, 2019. (FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE visit alljewishtheatre.org). ShPIeL Producing Artistic Director David Y. Chack today announced the festival lineup, which will include staged readings, solo performances, storytelling, cabaret, and comedy.

Ben Hecht Videos

STAGE TUBE: Watch Scenes from Grippo Stage Co.'s THE BEN HECHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jun 17, 2016

The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company's world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman and directed by Dennis Za?ek. Based on Ben Hecht's books A Guide For the Bedevilled and A Child Of the Century, in which Hecht confronts his own identity as an American Jew in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust, THE BEN HECHT SHOW will play June 10 - July 17, 2016 at Piven Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston. Tickets are currently available at grippostagecompany.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Tuesday, June 14 at 8 pm.

BWW TV Exclusive: The Porters of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Tap Dance Through Town!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2015

Nominated for five Tony Awards (including Best Revival of a Musical), Roundabout Theatre Company's On the Twentieth Century, starring Tony & Emmy Award winner Chenoweth, Golden Globe & SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, is currently bringing audiences to their feet at the American Airlines Theatre. Below, BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive video, featuring the show's Porters- Philip Attmore, Richard Riaz Yoder, Drew King and Rick Faugno. Watch as they tap dance through town to deliver a special message!

STAGE TUBE: ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Kristin Chenoweth Performs 'Veronique'
by Stage Tube - Jun 2, 2015

Below, watch Tony Awards host and On the Twentieth Century star Kristin Chenoweth pull out all the stops in a performance of 'Veronique' from the musical, which is nominated for five Tonys this year, including Best Leading Actress!

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Talks ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on 'Live'
by Caryn Robbins - May 5, 2015

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY star Kristin Chenoweth stopped by today's LIVE to talk about her new Broadway musical and shared her gratitude for being blessed with musical talent.

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth & ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Cast Perform on 'Today'!
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 21, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURYstopped by this morning's TODAY to perform a medley of songs from the hit Broadway musical.

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Talks Broadway's ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on 'Today'
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 31, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about starring in the Broadway revival of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY in which she portrays glamorous Hollywood starlet Lilly Garland.

BWW TV: The Train Has Arrived! Watch Highlights from ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 13, 2015

All Aboard! BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you a first look at highlights from ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY below! Check them out and then join us on Sunday night for our LIVE Review Roundup as the show officially opens for critics.

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Osnes, Fontana & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 13, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of On the Twentieth Century now technically opens on Sunday, March 15, 2015, as a result of Peter Gallagher missing a week of performances due to a sinus infection. Sickness didn't stop the show however, and the company celebrated their opening on the originally planned March 12- last night! BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet, and below, you can check out interviews with Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Vanessa Williams, Victor Garber, and more!

BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 13, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of On the Twentieth Century now technically opens on Sunday, March 15, 2015, as a result of Peter Gallagher missing a week of performances due to a sinus infection. Sickness didn't stop the show however, and the company celebrated their opening on the originally planned March 12- last night! BroadwayWord's Richard Ridge was there for the special night and you can check out interviews with the full gang below!

BWW TV: In Rehearsal with the Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY- Peter Gallagher, Kristin Chenoweth & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 29, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the classic musical On the Twentieth Century, which will play a 20-week limited engagement through July 5, 2015, beginning previews on February 12, 2015 and opening officially on March 12, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). Starring Tony & Emmy Award winner Chenoweth, Golden Globe & SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Gallagher, Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony winner Michael McGrath and Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson, On the Twentieth Century will be choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle and directed by six-time Tony nomineeScott Ellis, and features music by Cy Coleman and book & lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. On the Twentieth Century is based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Millholland. The company just met the press and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the full gang. Check out interviews with Chenoweth, Gallagher, Ellis and more below!


Ben Hecht Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Ben Hecht written?
Ben Hecht has written 19 shows including The Hero of Santa Maria (Playwright), The Egotist (Playwright), The Front Page (Playwright), The Great Magoo (Playwright), Jumbo (Bookwriter), To Quito and Back (Playwright), Ladies and Gentlemen (Playwright), Lily of the Valley (Playwright), Seven Lively Arts (Bookwriter), Swan Song (Playwright), A Flag is Born (Playwright), Hazel Flagg (Source Material), Winkelberg (Playwright), We Take the Town (Source Material), On the Twentieth Century (Source Material), Head Over Heels (Source Material), Windy City (Source Material), On the 20th Century (Source Material), Twentieth Century (Playwright).