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George Abbott

 
Date of Birth: June 25, 1887
Date of Death: January 31, 1995 (107)

Birth Place: Forestville, NY, USA

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1955
Mr. Antrobus
  [Broadway]
1934
John Brown
  [Broadway]
1930
Frederick Williston
  [Broadway]
1925
Dirk Yancey
  [Broadway]
1925
Dynamite Jim
  [Broadway]
1924
Steve Tuttle
  [Broadway]
1924
Sid Hunt
  [Broadway]
1923
Sverre Peterson
  [Broadway]
1923
Texas
  [Broadway]
1920
Sylvester Cross
  [Broadway]
1918
Henry Allen
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1915
Second Yeoman
  [Broadway]
1913
Performer

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Author
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Director
 
[New York, 1986]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1969]
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[Broadway, 1969]
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[Broadway, 1968]
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[Broadway, 1967]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1965]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1965]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1963]
Director
 
[West End, 1963]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1962]
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[Broadway, 1961]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1961]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Director
 
[West End, 1960]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1958]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Director
Director
 
[West End, 1955]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1955]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1954]
Director
Producer
 
[US Tour, 1954]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1954]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1953]
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 1953]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1952]
Director
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[Broadway, 1951]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1951]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1950]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1950]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1949]
Producer
Presenter
 
[Broadway, 1949]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Choreographer
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1947]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1947]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1947]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1946]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1945]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1944]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1944]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1944]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1943]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1943]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1942]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1942]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1942]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1941]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1940]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1940]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1940]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1939]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1939]
Producer
Director
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1939]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1939]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1939]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1938]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1938]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1938]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1937]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1937]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1937]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1936]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1936]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1935]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1935]
Director
Director
 
[Broadway, 1935]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1934]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1934]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1934]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1934]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1934]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1933]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1933]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1932]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1932]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1932]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1931]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1930]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1928]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1928]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1928]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1927]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1927]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1927]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1927]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1926]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1926]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1926]
Director

Writing

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Bookwriter
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Playwright
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Source Material
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George Abbott Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 1994 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
George Abbott
 
Olivier Awards - 1987 - Comedy of the Year Gold Star
George AbbottThree Men On A Horse
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
George Abbott
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
George Abbott, On Your Toes
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Direction of a Musical
George Abbott, How Now, Dow Jones
 
Tony Awards - 1963 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
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
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1962 - Creative Contribution of the Season Gold Star
George Abbott, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1960 - Best Musical Gold Star
George Abbott, Fiorello!
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1960 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
George Abbott, Fiorello!
 
Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
George Abbott, Fiorello!
 
Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Musical Gold Star
George Abbott, Damn Yankees
 
Tony Awards - 1955 - Best Musical Gold Star
George Abbott, The Pajama Game

George Abbott News

SINATRA THE MUSICAL In Development Featuring Book by Joe DiPietro & Direction by Kath Photo SINATRA THE MUSICAL In Development Featuring Book by Joe DiPietro & Direction by Kathleen Marshall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2022

Universal Music Group Theatrical in association with Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Enterprises announced SINATRA THE MUSICAL, a new musical based on the life and career of the legendary artist Frank Sinatra.

Summer Place Theatre Announces Directors For Its 2023 Season Photo Summer Place Theatre Announces Directors For Its 2023 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

Summer Place Theatre, Naperville's Community Theatre since 1966 has announced its directors for the 2023 Season!

Lesli Margherita, Simon Pearl & More Join YOUR OWN THING Benefit Performance at Red B Photo Lesli Margherita, Simon Pearl & More Join YOUR OWN THING Benefit Performance at Red Bull Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2022

RED BULL THEATER has announced that Lesli Margherita, Simon Pearl, Michael Pilato, and Vaden Thurgood have been added to the cast of their one-night-only benefit performance of the hit 1968 rock musical Your Own Thing.

CHICAGO, A History- Part 2: A Modern Classic Makes A Bang On Stage and Screen Photo CHICAGO, A History- Part 2: A Modern Classic Makes A Bang On Stage and Screen
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 29, 2022

Discover the story behind one of the greatest musicals in history as we dive deep into the history of Broadway's longest-running American musical, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse's, 'Chicago.'

CARBONELL AWARDS Previews Ceremony At Lauderhill Performing Arts Center Next Month Photo CARBONELL AWARDS Previews Ceremony At Lauderhill Performing Arts Center Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2022

For its first in-person ceremony since April 2019, the Carbonell Awards‚ÄĒSouth Florida's Theater & Arts Honors‚ÄĒpromises ‚Äúa truly joyous celebration packed with music, laughter and applause as we recognize talented members of our theater community for shows produced in Broward, Miami/Dade and Palm Beach Counties during the 2021-2022 season,‚ÄĚ according to Carbonell Board President Gary Schweikhart.

Summer Place Theatre Announces 2023 Season Photo Summer Place Theatre Announces 2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Oct 24, 2022

Summer Place Theatre, Naperville's community theatre since 1966 has announced its summer 2023 season with two great classic and modern musicals.

Review: Musical Theatre West Hits Another Grand Slam with Fun-Filled DAMN YANKEES Photo Review: Musical Theatre West Hits Another Grand Slam with Fun-Filled DAMN YANKEES
by Michael Quintos - Oct 21, 2022

A truly fun-filled, ecstatically-performed iteration of this classic musical, MTW's Broadway-caliber production (now on stage at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through October 30) is a definite must-see. The production's trio of terrific leads---Lesli Margherita, Jeff Skowron, and James Olivas---are themselves reason enough to see it.

Bryce Pinkham, Lizan Mitchell & More Join Audra McDonald in OHIO STATE MURDERS; Full  Photo Bryce Pinkham, Lizan Mitchell & More Join Audra McDonald in OHIO STATE MURDERS; Full Cast Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

The complete cast for the Broadway premiere of Ohio State Murders by Adrienne Kennedy is now announced. Joining Emmy, Grammy, and Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham, and Drama Desk nominee Lizan Mitchell.

Who Has Worn the Most Hats on Broadway? Part 1 Photo Who Has Worn the Most Hats on Broadway? Part 1
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Oct 16, 2022

Today's question is: Who has worn the most hats on Broadway- director, producer, writer, actor, etc.? Here are a few folks that could hold a record for the 'number of hats' they've worn on Broadway shows. Part one includes those who have worn four or five hats on Broadway shows and part two will include those who have held even more positions than that!

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 7, 2022

George Abbott Videos

BWW TV: Watch Laura Osnes & More Perform at SDCF's Mr. Abbott Awards! Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Laura Osnes & More Perform at SDCF's Mr. Abbott Awards!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 26, 2019

Last night Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the non-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), hosted the annual "Mr. Abbott" Award gala and celebrated the 60th anniversary of SDC.

VIDEO: First Look At FIORELLO! At 42nd Street Moon Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look At FIORELLO! At 42nd Street Moon

by Stage Tube - Mar 7, 2019

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon presents its first 2019 production, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical FIORELLO! Based on the life of New York City's legendary mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, FIORELLO! features lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock (SHE LOVES ME, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and a book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott (THE PAJAMA GAME, DAMN YANKEES).

VIDEO: Stanley Donen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1998 Oscars Videoplay
VIDEO: Stanley Donen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1998 Oscars

by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Stanley Donen, director of movie musicals such as Singin' In The Rain and On The Town, has died at age 94.

VIDEO: In Rehearsal With FIORELLO! At 42nd Street Moon Videoplay
VIDEO: In Rehearsal With FIORELLO! At 42nd Street Moon

by Stage Tube - Feb 15, 2019

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon presents the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical FIORELLO! Based on the life of New York City's legendary mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, FIORELLO! features lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock (SHE LOVES ME, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and a book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott (THE PAJAMA GAME, DAMN YANKEES).

VIDEO: See Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in the First FOSSE/VERDON Teaser Videoplay
VIDEO: See Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in the First FOSSE/VERDON Teaser

by Stage Tube - Jan 6, 2019

FX has released the first teaser of its upcoming limited series, 'Fosse/Verdon,' starring Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse and Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon.

VIDEO: On This Day. October 17- Happy Birthday, Susan Stroman! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day. October 17- Happy Birthday, Susan Stroman!

by A.A. Cristi - Oct 17, 2018

On this day we're celebrating legendary director and choreographer, Susan Stroman!

VIDEO: Tim Rogan, Britney Coleman, Donna McKechnie and More in New Trailer for THE PA Videoplay
VIDEO: Tim Rogan, Britney Coleman, Donna McKechnie and More in New Trailer for THE PAJAMA GAME at Arena Stage

by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents The Pajama Game, directed by Alan Paul in his Arena Stage debut, with music and lyrics by Richard Adlerand Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. Featuring Musical Direction by James Cunningham and Choreography by Parker Esse, The Pajama Game runs now through December 24 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage. Check out a brand-new trailer for the show below!

STAGE TUBE: Josh Davis and Billie Wildrick Talk 5th Avenue's THE PAJAMA GAME
by Stage Tube - Feb 14, 2017

Check out this video blog of two of our stars of Disney's The Pajama Game: Josh Davis (Sid Sorokin) and Billie Wildrick (Babe Williams) explaining each other's characters and chatting about what's it's like to be in this steamy, seductive production! The Pajama Game plays at The 5th Avenue Theatre from February 10 to March 5, 2017.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/6/16- DAMN YANKEES
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2016

Today in 1995, the first Broadway revival of Damn Yankees closed at the Marquis Theatre, where it ran for 533 performances. Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/27/16 - PAL JOEY
by Stage Tube - Jun 27, 2016

Today in 1976, the second Broadway revival of Pal Joey opened at the Circle in the SquareTheatre, where it ran for 73 performances. Pal Joey is a musical with a book by John O'Hara (from his novel of the same title) and music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart based on a character and situations O'Hara created in a series of short stories published in The New Yorker. The original 1940 Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and starred Gene Kelly. There have been several revivals since, including a 2008-09 Broadway run, and a 1957 film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. The 1976 cast featured: Christopher Chadman (Joey), Harold Gary (Mike), Terri Treas (Kid), Janie Sell (Gladys), and Gail Benedict (Gail).


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?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Comedy of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Three Men On A Horse , Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for On Your Toes , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for How Now, Dow Jones , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Never Too Late , Creative Contribution of the Season (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Fiorello! , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Fiorello! , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fiorello! Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Damn Yankees and Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Pajama Game .

What awards has George Abbott won?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), Comedy of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Three Men On A Horse, Special Tony Award (Tony Awards), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for On Your Toes, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Creative Contribution of the Season (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Fiorello!, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Fiorello!, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fiorello! Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Damn Yankeesand Best Musical (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).