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David Belasco, between 1898 and 1916.

David Belasco (July 25, 1853 - May 14, 1931) was an important American playwright and theatrical producer. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (932x647, 105 KB) Summary David Belasco (1853-1931), American playwright and producer. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (932x647, 105 KB) Summary David Belasco (1853-1931), American playwright and producer. ... July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... A theatrical producer is a type of producer who oversees the staging of theatre productions. ...


Born in San Francisco, California, to which his Sephardic Jewish parents had moved from London during the Gold Rush, he began working in a San Francisco theatre doing a variety of routine jobs such as call boy and script copier. He eventually was given the opportunity to act and serve as a stage manager, learning the business inside out. A gifted playwright, Belasco went to New York City in 1882 where he worked as stage manager for the Madison Square Theater while writing plays. By 1895, he was so successful that he set himself up as an independent producer. Nickname: The City by the Bay Official website: http://www. ... In the strictest sense, a Sephardi (ספרדי, Standard Hebrew Səfardi, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄ardî; plural Sephardim: ספרדים, Standard Hebrew Səfardim, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄ardîm) is a Jew original to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal: ספרד, Standard Hebrew Səfárad, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄áraḏ / Səp̄āraḏ), or whose ancestors were among the Jews expelled from... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation) and Defining London (below). ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ...


During his long career between 1884 and 1930, Belasco either wrote, directed, or produced more than 100 Broadway plays including: Hearts of Oak, The Heart of Maryland, and Du Barry. Making him the most powerful personality on the New York city theater scene. Although he is perhaps most famous for having penned Madama Butterfly and The Girl of the Golden West for the stage, more than forty motion pictures have been made from the many plays he authored, including Buster Keaton's Seven Chances. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on the book by John Luther Long and the drama by David Belasco. ... La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Joseph Frank Keaton Jr. ...


Belasco is also recognized for bringing a new standard of naturalism to the American stage. Sets used in his stage plays were lavish, with great attention to detail, and sometimes spilled out into the audience area. In one play, for instance, an operational laundromat was built onstage; in another, there was a reproduction of a Childs Restaurant kitchen where actors actually cooked and prepared food. Belasco's original scripts were often filled with long, specific descriptions of props and set dressings. For other meanings see Naturalism. ...


Belasco was also a pioneer of special effects and lighting. Both of his New York theatres were built on the cutting edge of their era's technology. When Belasco took over the Republic Theatre he drilled a new basement level to accommodate his machinery; the Stuyvesant Theatre was specially constructed with enormous amounts of flyspace, hydraulics systems and lighting rigs.


The first Belasco Theatre in New York was located at 229 West 42nd Street in the Times Square district. Belasco took over management of the theater and completely remodeled it in 1902, only two years after it was constructed as the Theatre Republic by Oscar Hammerstein. He gave up the theater in 191 and it was renamed the Republic. Under various different owners, it went through a tumultuous period as a burlesque venue, hosted second-run and, eventually, pornographic films and fell into a period of neglect before being rehabilitated and reopened as the New Victory Theater in 1995. Times Square, named after the one-time headquarters of The New York Times, is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, which centers on 42nd Street and Broadway. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... There were two notable Oscar Hammersteins: Oscar Hammerstein I, cigar manufacturer, opera impresario, and theatre builder Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway lyricist, songwriting partner of Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Events Serapion of Antioch becomes Patriarch of Antioch. ... Burlesque was originally a form of art that mocked by imitation, referring to everything from comic sketches to dance routines and usually lampooning the social attitudes of the upper classes. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The second Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street, only a few blocks away from the New Victory. It was constructed in 1907 as the Stuyvesant Theatre and renamed after Belasco in 1910. The theater was built to Belasco's wishes, with Tiffany lighting and ceiling panels, rich woodwork and murals. His business office and private apartment were also housed there. As of 2006 the Belasco is still in operation as a Broadway venue with much of the original decor still intact. The Belasco Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... -1... Tiffany is the name of the following: Tiffany is a town in Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States Tiffany is the stage name of Tiffany Darwish, an American pop singer known for hit songs in the 1980s like I Think Were Alone Now and Couldve Been. Her first album... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Belasco Theatres also existed in several other cities. The Los Angeles Belasco was built in 1926, is located at 1050 S. Hill St downtown and has been used as a church in recent years. The Shubert-Belasco Theatre was located in Washington D.C.


David Belasco died in 1931 at the age of 77 in New York City and was interred in the Linden Hills Cemetery in Queens, New York. Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Queens is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is coterminous with Queens County in the State of New York and is located on western Long Island. ...


Trivia

  • David Belasco is credited with giving Mary Pickford her stage name. Pickford appeared in his play The Warrens of Virginia at the first Belasco Theatre in 1907.
  • In The Great Gatsby, when Nick encounters "Owl Eyes," Gatsby is called "a regular Belasco," in reference to his giant (apparently just for-show) library.

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See also

Belasco Theatre The Belasco Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ...


External links

  • Works by David Belasco at Project Gutenberg
  • New Victory Theater history
  • Belasco Theatre history
  • Broadway Theatres: History and architecture, William Morrison, Dover Publications, 1999, ISBN 0486402444
  • Sunshine and Shadows, Mary Pickford, Doubleday, 1956, AISN B0006AU3U6
  • The Shuberts Present: 100 Years of American Theater, Maryann Chach, Reagan Fletcher, Mark Evan Swartz, Sylvia Wang, Harry N. Abrams, 2001, ISBN 0810906147

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David Belasco And The Psychology Of The Switchboard
Belasco's art instinct as a constructive manager was upper-most at the time, he might have been contributing at this moment to the broad melodrama which thrives on the morbid, however it may seek to glorify virtue.
Belasco, and because, in his theatre he was determined to practice his own policy, and not be dictated to, he soon realized that along that chain of theatres he was irretrievably de-barred; which meant that he must either play in halls or be kept out of certain towns.
David Belasco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (718 words)
Belasco is also recognized for bringing a new standard of naturalism to the American stage.
Belasco took over management of the theater and completely remodeled it in 1902, only two years after it was constructed as the Theatre Republic by Oscar Hammerstein.
The Shubert-Belasco Theatre was located in Washington D.C. David Belasco died in 1931 at the age of 77 in New York City and was interred in the Linden Hills Cemetery in Queens, New York.
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