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From A to Z is a musical revue with a book by Woody Allen, Herbert Farjeon, and Nina Warner Hook and songs by Jerry Herman, Fred Ebb, Mary Rodgers, Everett Sloane, Jay Thompson, Dickson Hughes, Jack Holmes, Paul Klein, Norman Martin, William Dyer, and Charles Zwar. The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Jerry Herman Jerry Herman (born Gerald Herman on July 10, 1933 in New York City) is an American composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical theater. ... Fred Ebb (April 8, 1933 - September 11, 2004) was a musical theatre lyricist. ... Mary Rodgers (born January 11, 1931) is a composer of musicals, an author of childrens books, and daughter of Richard Rodgers. ... Sloane in The Enforcer (1951 movie) Manhattan-born Everett Sloane (October 1, 1909 - August 6, 1965) was a television and movie actor. ...


Although a critical and commercial failure, it is notable in that it marked the Broadway debuts of writer Allen, lyricist Ebb, composer Herman, and performer Virginia Vestoff. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Virginia Vestoff (born December 9, 1939 in New York City- died May 2, 1982) was a Broadway actress most famous for having played Abigail Adams in 1776, a 1972 musical about the Second Continental Congress, as well as the same role in the film version of the musical. ...


Directed by Christopher Hewett and choreographed by Ray Harrison, it opened on April 20, 1960 at the Plymouth Theatre, where it ran for 21 performances. Christopher Hewett, (April 5, 1922 – August 3, 2001), was an English actor who was perhaps best known for his role as Mr. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ...


In addition to Vestoff, the cast included Hermione Gingold, Stuart Damon, Bob Dishy, and Larry Hovis. Hermione Gingold (December 9, 1897-May 24, 1987) was a British actress known for her sharp-tongued, eccentric persona, an image enhanced by her sharp nose and chin, as well as her deepening voice, a result of vocal nodes which her mother encouraged her not to remove. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bob Dishy (born September 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is an actor known for his deadpan humor. ... Larry Hovis (February 20, 1936 - September 9, 2003) was an American actor best known for playing a prisoner of war on the television show Hogans Heroes. ...


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Internet Broadway Database listing


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