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George Abbott

Date of Death: January 31, 1995 (107)

Birth Place: Forestville, NY, USA

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George Abbott BIO

George Abbott was a renowned American theater director, producer, playwright, and actor who is known for his significant contributions to the American theater. Born on June 25, 1887, in Forestville, New York, Abbott began his career in the theater as an actor, but eventually became a successful producer and director.

Abbott's Broadway career spanned over seven decades, during which he produced and directed more than 100 Broadway productions, wrote over 30 plays and musicals, and acted in several productions. He made his Broadway debut as an actor in 1913 in The Misleading Lady and later went on to produce and direct several successful productions.

Some of Abbott's most notable productions include The Boys from Syracuse, Damn Yankees, and Pal Joey, all of which he co-wrote with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. He also directed the original productions of On Your Toes, The Pajama Game, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others.

Abbott's contribution to the American theater was recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater in 1982. He was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972.

In addition to his work in the theater, Abbott also worked in film and television. He directed several films, including The Impatient Years and Alligator Named Daisy, and also worked as a writer and producer for television.

Abbott passed away on January 31, 1995, at the age of 107. His legacy in the American theater continues to live on through his numerous productions and the many artists he influenced throughout his long and illustrious career.

Overall, George Abbott was a legendary figure in the American theater, whose contributions to the industry will never be forgotten. His ability to write, produce, and direct successful productions, as well as his talent as an actor, set him apart as a true master of his craft. His influence on the American theater will continue to be felt for generations to come.

George Abbott STAGE CREDITS

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1955
Mr. Antrobus

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1934
John Brown

[Broadway]
1930
Frederick Williston

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1925
Dirk Yancey

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1925
Dynamite Jim

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1924
Steve Tuttle

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1924
Sid Hunt

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1923
Sverre Peterson

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1923
Texas

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1920
Sylvester Cross

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1918
Henry Allen

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Broadway Revival, 1915
Second Yeoman

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1913
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George Abbott Productions

 
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George Abbott Movies

Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
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Hills of Peril
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Four Walls
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Broadway
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Night Parade
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The Saturday Night Kid
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Manslaughter
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The Sea God
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All Quiet on the Western Front
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Those We Love
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Lilly Turner
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Twentieth Century
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Brother Rat
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Boy Meets Girl
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Room Service
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Too Many Girls
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The Boys from Syracuse
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Highway West
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Best Foot Forward
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See My Lawyer
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Where's Charley?
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The Pajama Game
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Drei Mann auf einem Pferd
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Never Too Late
[ 1965 ] director

George Abbott Awards and Nominations


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Drama League Awards - 1994 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre

George Abbott


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Olivier Awards - 1987 - Comedy of the Year

George AbbottThree Men On A Horse


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Tony Awards - 1987 - Special Tony Award

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Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

George Abbott, On Your Toes

Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Direction of a Musical

George Abbott, How Now, Dow Jones


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Tony Awards - 1963 - Best Direction of a Musical

George Abbott , A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Tony Awards - 1963 - Best Direction of a Play

George Abbott, Never Too Late


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1962 - Creative Contribution of the Season

George Abbott, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1960 - Best Musical

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The Pulitzer Prize - 1960 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

George Abbott, Fiorello!


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Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Direction of a Musical

George Abbott, Fiorello!


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Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Musical

George Abbott, Damn Yankees


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Tony Awards - 1955 - Best Musical

George Abbott, The Pajama Game

George Abbott Videos

George Abbott News


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ANN TALMAN: ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND THE SHADOW OF HER SMILE to Play Brunch Performance at Laura Beechman Theatre

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Actress and Activist Vinie Burrows Dies At Age 99

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Broadway Veteran Vinie Burrows Passes Away at 99

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Creative Team & Dates Set for Kenny Leon-Directed HOME on Broadway

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Carbonell Awards Add Four New Judges

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Susan Stroman to Receive 2023 Louis Auchincloss Prize From Museum of the City of New York

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Tracie Bennett Will Portray Tallulah Bankhead In Industry Readings Of THE CODE

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George Abbott FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has George Abbott been in?

George Abbott has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

How many West End shows has George Abbott been in?

George Abbott has not appeared in the West End

What awards has George Abbott been nominated for?

George Abbott has been nominated for several awards throughout his career in Broadway. These include the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre from the Drama League Awards, the Comedy of the Year from the Olivier Awards for the show "Three Men On A Horse," a Special Tony Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical from the Drama Desk Awards for "On Your Toes," Best Direction of a Musical from the Tony Awards for "How Now, Dow Jones" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Best Direction of a Play from the Tony Awards for "Never Too Late," Creative Contribution of the Season from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Best Musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Fiorello!," and Best Direction of a Musical from the Tony Awards for "Fiorello!," "Damn Yankees," and "The Pajama Game."

What awards has George Abbott won?

George Abbott has won several awards throughout his career in the Broadway industry. These include the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre from the Drama League Awards, the Comedy of the Year from the Olivier Awards for his work on Three Men On A Horse, a Special Tony Award, the Outstanding Director of a Musical from the Drama Desk Awards for On Your Toes, the Best Direction of a Musical from the Tony Awards for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Creative Contribution of the Season from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Best Musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Fiorello!, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Fiorello!, the Best Direction of a Musical from the Tony Awards for Fiorello!, the Best Musical from the Tony Awards for Damn Yankees, and the Best Musical from the Tony Awards for The Pajama Game.

How many shows has George Abbott written?

George Abbott has written 30 shows including The Fall Guy (Playwright), A Holy Terror (Playwright), Love 'em and Leave 'em (Playwright), Four Walls (Playwright), Coquette (Playwright), Ringside (Playwright), Those We Love (Playwright), Lilly Turner (Playwright), Heat Lightning (Playwright), Ladies' Money (Playwright), On Your Toes (Bookwriter), Sweet River (Playwright), The Boys from Syracuse (Bookwriter), Three Men on a Horse (Playwright), Beat the Band (Bookwriter), Where's Charley? (Bookwriter), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Bookwriter), Damn Yankees (Bookwriter), New Girl in Town (Bookwriter), The Pajama Game (Bookwriter), Joy Ride (Bookwriter), Fiorello! (Bookwriter), Tenderloin (Bookwriter), Let it Ride (Source Material), Flora, the Red Menace (Bookwriter), Anya (Bookwriter), Music Is (Bookwriter), Broadway (Bookwriter), Tropicana (Bookwriter), Crooked Broadway (Bookwriter).

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