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Elliot Norton

Date of Death: July 20, 2003 (100)

Birth Place: Boston, MA, USA

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Elliot Norton was a renowned American theater critic and writer who made significant contributions to the development of theater criticism in the United States. Born in Boston in 1903, Norton grew up in a family that valued the arts and culture, and he developed a passion for theater at a young age.
Norton began his career as a journalist in 1926, writing for the Boston Post and later for the Boston Herald. He quickly gained a reputation as a knowledgeable and insightful critic, and his reviews were widely read and respected by both theater professionals and audiences. In 1958, Norton was appointed the theater critic for the Boston Evening Transcript, a position he held until the paper's closure in 1975.
Throughout his career, Norton championed the work of new and emerging playwrights and directors, and he was a strong advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the theater. He was also a vocal critic of censorship and worked to defend the artistic freedom of theater artists.
In addition to his work as a critic, Norton was also a prolific writer and commentator on the theater. He authored several books, including "The Theater in Spite of Itself" and "The True Story of the Theatre," and he was a frequent contributor to publications such as The New Republic and The Nation.
Norton's contributions to the theater were recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre in 1976 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism in 1978. He was also inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1983.
Elliot Norton passed away in 2003 at the age of 100, but his legacy as a pioneering theater critic and advocate for the arts lives on. His writing and criticism continue to be studied and admired by theater professionals and enthusiasts alike, and his contributions to the development of theater criticism in the United States are widely recognized and celebrated.
Overall, Elliot Norton was a visionary and influential figure in the world of theater criticism, and his contributions to the field continue to be felt today. His commitment to championing new and diverse voices in the theater and defending the artistic freedom of theater artists remains an inspiration to all who value the power and importance of the arts.

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OUR CLASS To Be A Featured Production At Under The Radar Festival 2024

'OUR CLASS' is set to make its New York premiere at BAM as a featured production at the Under the Radar Festival 2024. Don't miss this exciting play!

The Wooster Group to Present the Premiere of GET YOUR ASS IN THE WATER AND SWIM LIKE ME at The Performing Garage

The Wooster Group will present the premiere of Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me, an original work for theater that explores a distinctive genre of Black American storytelling called Toasts.

FORBIDDEN SONDHEIM: MERRILY WE STOLE A SONG Adds Additional Performance At The New Green Fig Cabaret Theater at the Yotel

Due to popular demand, Gerard Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN SONDHEIM: Merrily We Stole a Song, the latest edition of Gerard Alessandrini's beloved Forbidden Broadway, will add another show on Sunday, November 26th at 7:30 PM at the new Green Fig Cabaret Theater, located in the Yotel  (570 10th Avenue at 42nd Street -adjacent to The Green Room.)

A.R.T. to Present Screening of HBO's REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

Join in at A.R.T. for a special screening of HBO's REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES. Experience the powerful story of five Latina women navigating societal expectations and the pursuit of their dreams. Limited-time event, book your tickets now.

Mitski, Eboni Booth, and Whitney White Join THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT Broadway Creative Team

Mitski, Eboni Booth, and Whitney White have been announced as the newest additions to the creative team of the Broadway production, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT. Learn more about these talented individuals and how they will contribute to the success of the show.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Comes to the Fisher Theatre in March

Emmy Award®-winning actor Richard Thomas is confirmed to star as Atticus Finch for the complete third touring season of the First National Tour of the history-making production of To Kill a Mockingbird, including the Detroit engagement at the Fisher Theatre March 5 – 17.

Full Cast Set for the Broadway Premiere of PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

The complete cast has been revealed for the Broadway premiere of Prayer for the French Republic. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Larry Sousa Directs and Choreographs RENT at Boston College This Week

Acclaimed interdisciplinary theater artist Larry Sousa—whose extensive career as a director, choreographer, designer, educator, and performer has spanned Broadway, regional theater, television, film, and higher education for more than 30 years—has joined Boston College's Theatre Department this academic year as the Monan Professor in Theatre Arts.

Bryn Boice Directs THE BOOK OF WILL With Hub Theatre

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publishing of Shakespeare's First Folio, Hub Theatre Company of Boston will close its season with Lauren Gunderson's The Book of Will, directed by Elliot Norton Award winner Bryn Boice.

Ars Nova Unveils November & December Events Including Isaac Oliver's LONELY CHRISTMAS, SHOWGASM & More

Check out the exciting lineup of November and December events announced by Ars Nova, including benefit performances of Isaac Oliver's Lonely Christmas on December 11 and 12. Get your tickets now!

Rubicon Theatre Company to Present Kander & Ebb Musical Revue THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Directed By Wren T. Brown

Rubicon Theatre Company will present 'THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND,' a Kander & Ebb Musical Revue directed by Wren T. Brown. Get all the details about the opening night on December 9th at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura!

Geva Theatre Presents MR. PARENT A Deeply Felt And Hilarious Solo Performance, November 1-19

Geva Theatre presents Mr. Parent, a deeply felt and hilarious solo performance based on Maurice Emmanuel Parent's experiences as a teacher in the Boston Public School System.


Gerard, Alessandrini,'s FORBIDDEN SONDHEIM: Merrily We Stole a Song begins performances tomorrow Friday, October 27th at 8PM.

Moonbox Productions Presents LEGALLY BLONDE: The Musical, December 8-31

Moonbox Productions, winner of numerous IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards, will present Legally Blonde: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach, based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. 


Get ready for Gerard Alessandrini's latest creation, Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole A Song, a spoof and tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim. The show starts on October 27th at the new Green Fig Cabaret Theater in the Yotel. Don't miss this hilarious and entertaining production!

Lyric Stage Boston Presents Ken Ludwig's THE GAME'S AFOOT: HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Join Lyric Stage Boston for a laugh-out-loud comedy mystery, 'The Game's Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays.' Don't miss this memorable multigenerational holiday outing.

North Shore Music Theatre to Present New Musical ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION This Month

ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION is coming to North Shore Music Theatre. Experience the authorized bio-musical about the iconic Elvis Presley, featuring over 40 of his hits. Don't miss this New England premiere!

Sergio Trujillo, Joan Marcus, and Carol Rosegg Join Lineup For The Broadway Cruise 2

The 2nd annual sailing of The Broadway Cruise will take off in 2024! Find out who has joined the lineup for the cruise here!

Bryn Boice Directs THE BOOK OF WILL With Hub Theatre

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's First Folio with Hub Theatre's production of 'The Book of Will' directed by Bryn Boice. A story of friendship and legacy, filled with love, loss, and Shakespearean shenanigans. Running from October 27 to November 12, 2023, at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. 'Pay-What-You-Can' tickets available.

Brian Thomas Abraham, Jennifer Apple & More to Star in THE BAND'S VISIT at The Huntington Theatre

Find out who will be starring in and behind the scenes of 'The Band's Visit,' the highly anticipated musical coming to the Huntington Theatre in Boston this November.


Elliot Norton has been nominated for the Special Tony Award at the Tony Awards.

Elliot Norton has won the Special Tony Award at the Tony Awards.

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