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Abbott, George,

1887–1995, American theatrical producer, director, and playwright, b. Forestville, N.Y. He began (1913) in the theater as an actor and, during a career that spanned eight decades, was celebrated as a coauthor, director, or producer of more than 100 Broadway plays, including The Fall Guy (1925), his first authorial credit; Broadway (1926), his first smash hit; and the popular farce Three Men on a Horse (1935, revival 1969). He produced several musicals by Richard RodgersRodgers, Richard Charles,
1902–79, American composer, b. New York City. Rodgers studied at Columbia and the Institute of Musical Art, New York City. He met both of his future collaborators, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein 2d, while at Columbia.
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 and Lorenz HartHart, Lorenz Milton,
1895–1943, American lyricist, b. New York City, studied at Columbia. Hart began collaborating with Richard Rodgers in 1919; their initial success was The Garrick Gaieties (1925).
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, notably On Your Toes (1936, revivals 1954 and 1983) and The Boys from Syracuse (1938). His later successes include Call Me Madame (1950), Wonderful Town (1953), The Pajama Game (1954, film 1957, revival 1973), Damn Yankees (1955, film 1958, revival 1994), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962, film 1966). From 1948 to 1962 Abbott won 40 Tony awards. Fiorello! (1959), a musical he coauthored with Jerome Weidman, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. He won a Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1982.


See his autobiography, Mister Abbott (1963).

Abbott, George (Francis)

(1887–  ) playwright, director; born in Forestville, N.Y. During his long and successful career, he often collaborated with other writers, beginning in 1925, with James Gleason on The Fall Guy, and later with Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart. Among his successes were Three Men on a Horse (1935), Where's Charley? (1948), Pajama Game (1954), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962). He worked into his 90s.
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Named after the late director George Abbott, the prize is for artists who make significant contributions to the field.
Sense of Occasion" gives a true insider's recollection of the making of such landmark musicals as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera, with Prince's perceptive comments about his mentor George Abbott and his many celebrated collaborators, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Boris Aronson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Angela Lansbury, Zero Mostel, Carol Burnett, and Joel Grey.
Rebecca Burrichter, JVIB's senior editor, has been a wonderful support to me as has George Abbott, director of AFB Press and Professional Development.
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The newest collection of Kappan cartoons includes work by nationally known cartoonists George Abbott, Martha Campbell, Randy Glasbergen, Dave Carpenter, Edouard Blais, and many more.
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This is the first project in British Columbia to recover raw biogas from a landfill and upgrade it to pipeline quality renewable natural gas, said Shuswap MLA George Abbott.
He also cites valuable lessons learned from George Abbott, who directed and wrote the book for Kander and Ebb's first Rialto outing, "Flora, the Red Menace," in 1965; and from Harold Prince, who produced "Flora" and then produced and directed "Cabaret" in 1966.
George Abbott cast her opposite Lucille Ball in Too Many Girls (1940) and Alfred Hitchcock directed her in Mr and Mrs Smith (1941), with Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery.