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(1922- 1946). Active on Broadway in the following productions:

(1922). Stage Play: Music Box Revue [1922-23]. Musical revue. Book by Irving Berlin. Music by Irving Berlin. Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Musical Director: Frank Tours. Music orchestrated by Frank Tours, Steven Jones, Charles Grant, Alfred Dalby, Arthur Gutman, Will Vodery and Roy Webb. Scenic Design by Clark Robinson. Costume Design by Ralph Mulligan and Adrian. Directed by Hassard Short. Music Box Theatre: 23 Oct 1922- 4 Aug 1923 (330 performances). Cast: Amelia Allen, Miss Ange, Miss Aphia, Estar Banks, Florence Barry, Viola Boles, Olga Borowski, Dorothy Brown, Wynne Bullock, Bobby Clark, Miss Claussen, Lucille Constante, Elaine Courtney, Cyrena Dahl, Louise Dale, Polly Day, Aphia Dixie, Madeline Fairbanks, Marion Fairbanks, Hilda Ferguson, Viola Fraas, Gloria Gale, William Gaxton [Broadway debut], Herbert Goff, Charlotte Greenwood, Perry Higgins, Aphia Hurlburt, Jackie Hurlburt, Margaret Irving, Sunshine Jarmann, Madelyn Killeen, Fraun Koski, Grace La Rue, Miss Lynn, Joseph Marquis, Trude Marr, Sherry Marshall, Dorothy McCarthy, Margaret McCarthy, Paul McCullough, Maragaret McKee, Miriam Miller, Robinson Newbold, Mary O'Brien, Olivette, Ruth Page, Dick Rath, George Rath, Margaret Redfield, Gladys Reith, Leila Ricard, Helen Rich, Nellie Roberts, Rosemary, Marie Russell, William Seabury, Hal Sherman, Eva Soble, Margaret Stanley, John Steel, Stowitts, Ward Tallmon, John Walsh, Kendall Wood. Produced by Sam Harris.

(1927). Stage Play: A Connecticut Yankee. Musical comedy. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book by Herbert Fields. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Musical Director: Paul Parnell. Adapted from the work of Mark Twain. Music orchestrated by Roy Webb. Dances by Busby Berkeley. Directed by Alexander Leftwich. Vanderbilt Theatre: 2 Nov 1927-27 Oct 1928 (421 performances). Cast: Ward Arnold, Charles Bannister, Olive Bertram, Chester Bree (as "Sir Tristan, in the play" / Ensemble"), Arnold Brown, Nana Bryant, Gordon Burbe (as "Albert Kay, Sir Kay the Seneschal in the play"), Constance Carpenter, June Cochrane, Margaret Collins, Grace Connelly, John Creighton, Martin Denis, Regina Diamond, Enez Early, Paul Everton, Ednor Fulling, 'William GHarriet Hammill, Jane Hurd, Fred Jordan, Leoda Knapp, Katharine Kohler, Helen Mann, Dan McGovern, Margaret Miller, Jack Morton, John Morton, William Gaxton(as "Martin, the Yankee in the play"), Marion Nevins, William Norris, Frank Norton, William Rosell, Dorothy Rubino, Evelyn Ruh, Jack Thompson. Produced by Lew Fields and Lyle D. Andrews.

(1929). Stage Play: Fifty Million Frenchmen. Musical comedy. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Herbert Fields. Musical Director: Gene Salzer. Choreographed by Larry Ceballos. Costume Design by Brooks Costume Co. and James Reynolds. Production Supervised by E. Ray Goetz (also producer). Scenic Design by Norman Bel Geddes. Directed by Monty Woolley. Lyric Theatre: 27 Nov 1929- 5 Jul 1930 (254 performances). Cast: Marjorie Arnold, Josephine Barnhardt, Jack Barrett, Jack Bauer, Julia Blake, Frank Bochetta, Betty Bowen, William Broder, Helen Broderick (as "Violet Hildegarde"), The California Collegians, Josephine Carroll, Billie Cline, Betty Compton (as "Joyce Wheeler"), Charles Conkling, Melva Cornell, Lester Crawford, William Culloo, Grace Davies, Dorothy Day, Nanette Deaustro, Jean Del Val, Marguarite Denys, Nancy Dolan, Theresa Donahue, Bill Douglas, Tanya Dumova, Valeda Duncan, Mary Dunckley, Lou Duthers, Mildred Espy, Helen Fairweather, Jack Fraley, William Gaxton (as "Peter Forbes"), Regis Geary, Charlotte Geraud, Bob Gordon, Eileen Gorlet, Frances Grant, Thurston Hall (as "Emmett Carroll"), Evelyn Hoey, Annette Hoffman, Larry Jason, Adelaide Kaye, Carol Kingsbury, Manart Kippen (as "The Grand Duke Ivan Ivanovitch of Russia"), Meta Klinke, Betty Knight, Syuleen Krasnoff, Henry Ladd, Fifi Laimbeer, Robert Leonard, Lucille Lester, Teddy Lura, Oscar Magis, Pansy Maness, Jeanette Marion, Ignacio Martinetti, John Matsin, Lou Ann Meredith, Bernice Mershon, Florine Meyers, Bob Morgan, Gertrude Mudge, Frances Newbaker, Nor Norcross, George O'Brien (as "Chorus"), Ethel O'Dell, Patsy O'Keefe, Belle Olska, Bill O'Rourke, Catherine Palmer, Marjorie Phillips, Lorraine Platt, Blanche Poston, Sue Rainey, Ernest Rayburn, Billy Reed, Anna Rex, Marusa Roberti, Sid Salzer, Pearl Shepherd, Frankie Silvers, Billie Smith, Marie Sorel, Helen Splane, Peggee Standlee, Edna Storey, Sam Suchman, Jack Thompson, Marion Thompson, Beau Tilden (as "Chorus"), Genevieve Tobin (as "Looloo Carroll"), Doris Toddings, Jack Tucker, David Tulin, Marie Valli, Arthur Ver Bownes, Mario Villani. Produced by E. Ray Goetz.

(1931). Stage Play: Of Thee I Sing. Musical comedy. Based on material by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Musical Director: Charles Previn. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and William Daly. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Choreography by Chester Hale. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Music Box Theatre (moved to The 46th Street Theatre from 10 Oct 1932 to close): 26 Dec 1931- 14 Jan 1933 (441 performances). Cast: Ruth Adams, Dave Allman, Florenz Ames (as "The French Ambassador"), Kathleen Ayres, Bruce Barclay, Vivian Barry, Charles Bennett, Leslie Bingham (as "Nora"), Grace Brinkley, Bobbie Brodsley, Robert Burton, Martha Carroll, Mary Carroll, Ray Clarke, Dudley Clements (as "Matthew Arnold Fulton"), Charles Conklin, Tom Curley, Dorothy Donnelly (as "Ensemble"), Tom Draak, Leon Dunar, Ann Ecklund, Frank Erickson, Jack Fago, Michael Forbes, Olgene Foster, Virginia Franck, Frank Gagen, William Gaxton (as "John P. Wintergreen"), Dorothy Graves, Yvonne Gray, Peggy Greene, Sulo Hevonpaa, Walter Hinger, Milton Hollander, Georgette Lampsi, Terry Lawlor, David Lawrence, Martin Le Roy, Jack Linton, Lillian Lorray, George E. Mack (as "Senator Robert E. Lyons"), Martha Maggard, Sam Mann, Mary Mascher, John McCahill, Charles McClelland, Jake Vander Meulen, Frank Miller, Harold Moffet (as "Francis X. Gilhooley"), Victor Moore (as "Alexander Throttlebottom"), Lois Moran, George Murphy (as "Sam Jenkins"), Richard Neely, Hazzard Newberry, June O'Dea, Anita Pam, Jack Ray, Ralph Riggs, Edward H. Robins, Billie Seward, Pete Shance, Grenna Sloane, Adele Smith, Barbara Smith, Baun Sturtz, Peggy Thomas, Patricia Whitney, Jessica Worth. Produced by Sam Harris. Note: One of the few big hits of the dismal 1932 Broadway theatrical season.

(1933). Stage Play: Of Thee I Sing. Musical comedy (revival). Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Musical Director: Eugene Fuerst. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Charles Le Maire. Singing and dancing ensembles staged by George Hale. Book Directed by George S. Kaufman. Imperial Theatre: 5 May 1933- 10 Jun 1933 (32 performances). Cast: Betty Allen, Dave Allman, Florenz Ames (as "The French Ambassador"), Kathleen Ayres, Bruce Barclay, Vivian Barry, Leslie Bingham, Bobbie Brodsley, Lillian Burke, Robert Burton, Pete Chance, Ray Clarke, Dudley Clements (as "Matthew Arnold Fulton"), Gus Cooper, John Creighton, Tom Curley, Nancy Dolan, Tom Draak, Leon Dunar, Ann Ecklund, Helen Erickson, Frank Ericson, Jack Fago, Michael Forbes, Olgene Foster, Florence Fouchia, Virginia Franck, Frank Gagen, William Gaxton (as "John P. Wintergreen"), Yvonne Gray, Peggy Greene, Barbara Hamilton, Sulo Hevonpaa, Walter Hinger, Milton Hollander, Tana Kamp, Terry Lawlor, David Lawrence, Martin Le Roy, Lillian Lorray, George E. Mack, Martha Maggard, Mary Mascher, Doris May, John McCahill, Jake Vander Meuelen, Frank Miller, Harold Moffet (as "Francis X. Gilhooley"), Victor Moore (as "Alexander Throttlebottom"), George Murphy (as "Sam Jenkins"), Richard Neely, Hazzard Newberry, June O'Dea, Lilyan O'Jela, Ronald Perry, Irma Philbin, Jack Ray, Abe Reynolds, Ralph Riggs, Edward H. Robins, Ann Sothern (as "Mary Turner") [credited as Harriette Lake], Baun Sturtz, Peggy Thomas, Patricia Whitney, Jessica Worth. Produced by Sam Harris.

(1940). Stage Play: Louisiana Purchase. Musical comedy. Music by Irving Berlin. Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by Morrie Ryskind. Based on a story by Buddy G. DeSylva. Musical Director: Robert Emmett Dolan. Additional orchestrations: N. Lang Van Cleve. Ballets by George Balanchine. Musical Staging by Carl Randall. Dances by Carl Randall. Directed by Edgar J. MacGregor. Imperial Theatre: 28 May 1940- 14 Jun 1941 (444 performances). Cast: William Gaxton (as "Jim Taylor"), Victor Moore (as "Senator Oliver P. Loganberry"), Vera Zorina (as "Marina van Linden"), April Ames (as "Emmy-Lou"), Irene Bordoni (as "Madame Bordelaise"), Dorothy Barrett (as "Dancing Girl"), Hubert Bland (as "Dancing Boy"), Ralph Blane (as "The Martins"), Carol Bruce (as "Beatrice"), Georgia Carroll (as "Secretary/Louisiana Belle"), Don Cortez (as "A Buccaneer"), Ned Coupland (as "Dancing Boy"), Charlie Curran (as "Dancing Boy"), Douglas Dean (as "Dancing Boy"), Clark Eggleston (as "Dancing Boy"), Althea Elder (as "Dancing Girl"), John Eliot (as "Sam Liebowitz/A Buccaneer"), Judith Ford (as "Louisiana Belle"), Mary Ganley (as "Dancing Boy"), Grace Gillern (as "Dancing Boy"), Dwight Godwin (as "Dancing Boy"), Petra Gray (as "Dancing Boy"), Dorothy Hall (as "Dancing Boy"), Mary Hartwig (as "Dancing Boy"), Harold Haskins (as "Dancing Boy"), George Hunter (as "Dancing Boy"), Dorothy Jeffers (as "Dancing Boy"), Nancy Knott (as "Dancing Boy"), Charles La Torre (as "Alphonse"), Henry Lahee (as "Dancing Boy"), Charles Laskey (as "Premier Danseur"), Patricia Lee (as "Louisiana Belle"), James Leland (as "Dancing Boy"), Nick Long Jr. (as "Lee Davis"), Edith Luce (as "Louisiana Belle"), Betty Luster (as "Dancing Girl"), Harvey Mack (as "Dancing Boy"), Hugh Martin (as "The Martins"), Ray Mayer (as "Davis D. Davis Jr."), Jack McClendon (as "Dancing Boy"), Virginia Morris (as "Dancing Girl"), Nicodemus (as "Abner"), Leona Olsen (as "Dancing Girl"), John Panter (as "A Buccaneer"), James Phillips (as "A Buccaneer"), Robert Pitkin (as "Col. Davis D. Davis Sr."), Nicolai Popov (as "Dancing Boy"), Richard Reed (as "Dancing Boy"), Ralph Riggs (as "Dean Manning"), Edward H. Robins (as "Police Captain Whitfield"), Jo Jean Rogers (as "The Martins"), Phyllis Rogers (as "The Martins"), Marion Rosamond (as "Louisiana Belle"), Rosemary Sankey (as "Dancing Girl"), Jean Scott (as "Dancing Girl"), Veva Selwood (as "Louisiana Belle"), Zynaid Spencer (as "Dancing Girl"), Aleen Stewart (as "Dancing Girl"), Anitra Upton (as "Dancing Girl"), Helen Vincent (as "Dancing Girl"), Kenneth Whelan (as "Dancing Boy"), Doris York (as "Dancing Girl"). Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.

(1933) Stage: Appeared in "Let 'Em Eat Cake" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book by George S. Kaufman (also director) and Morrie Ryskind. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Music by George Gershwin. Music orchestrated by Edward Powell. Musical Director: William Daly. Dances / ensembles by Eugene Van Grona and Ned McGurn. Scenic Design by Albert R. Johnson. Imperial Theatre: 21 Oct 1933-6 Jan 1934 (90 performances). Cast: Kay Adams, Ruth Adams, Florenz Ames (as "Gen. Adam Snookfield, U.S.A."), Kathleen Ayres, Peggy Bancroft, Bruce Barclay, Vivian Barry, Paul Brachard, Alice Burrage (as "Mrs. Gilhooley"), Robert Burton, Gordon Clark, Ray Clarke, Dudley Clements (as "Matthew Arnold Fulton"), Charles Conklin (as "Secretary" / "Men's Ensemble"), Tom Curley, Nonie Dale, Gail Darling, Bryan Davis, Alyce Downey, Leon Dunar, Enes Early, Vance Elliott (as "Prison Guard" / "Men's Ensemble"), Louise Estes, Charles Flower, Consuelo Flowerton, Michael Forbes, Olgene Foster, Charles Fowler, Frank Gagen, William Gaxton (as "John P. Wintergreen"), Dorothy Graves, Yvonne Gray, Peggy Green, David Gross, Ethel Hampton, Evelyn Hannons, Tom Harris, Pat Hastings, Don Hudson, Viola Hunter, Amalie Ideal, Phil King, George Kirk (as "Lieutenant"), Terry Lawlor (as "Customer" / "Lady's Ensemble"), David Lawrence, Kay Lazell, Al LeFebevre, Betty Lee, Martin Leroy, Robert Lewis (as "Dignitary" / "Men's Ensemble"), Philip Loeb (as "Kruger"), Ed Loud, George E. Mack (as "Sen. Robert E. Lyons"), Mary Jo Matthews (as "Mrs. Fulton"), Harold Moffet (as "Francis X. Gilhooley"), Victor Moore (as "Alexander Throttlebottom"), Lois Moran (as "Mary Wintergreen"), Fred Nay, Richard Neely, Hazzard Newberry, Ruth Porter, Victor Pullman (as "Men's Ensemble"), Abe Reynolds (as "Louis Lippman"), Ralph Riggs (as "Chief Justice of the Supreme Court" / "President of the Union League Club"), W. Francis Robertson, Edward H. Robins, Martin Sheppard, Grenna Sloane, Steward Steppler, Harold Sternberg, Baun Sturtz, Richard Temple, Morris Tepper, Martha Tibbetts, Norman Van Emburgh, John Walsh, Elinor Witte, Wanda Wood, Grace Worth, Jessica Worth. Produced by Sam Harris.

(1936). Stage Play: White Horse Inn. Musical comedy. Music by Ralph Benatsky. Book by Hans Müller [final Broadway credit]. Suggested by Oskar Blumenthal and G. Kandelburg. Lyrics by Irving Caesar. Book adapted by David Freedman. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Additional music by Robert Stolz, Irving Caesar, Norman Zeno, Will Irwin, Richard Fall, Jara Benes, Vivian Ellis and Eric Coates. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Musical Advisor: Adam Gelbtrunk. Scenic Design by Ernst Stern. Modern Dress designs by Irene Sharaff. Costume Design by Ernst Stern. Lighting and Special Lighting Effects by Eugene Braun. Stage Manager: Charles Mather. Choreographed by Max Rivers. Directed by Erik Charell. Center Theatre: 1 Oct 1936- 10 Apr 1937 (223 performances). Cast: Kitty Carlisle (as "Katarina Vogelhuber, Proprietress of the White Horse Inn"), William Gaxton (as "Leopold, the Head Waiter"), Robert Halliday, John Albert, Marvin Atkin, James Babbitt, Penny Banks, Jack Barnes, John Barry, Eleanor Bauman, Evan Beatty, Betsy Berkeley, Thomas Blayney, Evelyn Bonefine, Geraldine Bork, Edward Brown, Joe Brown Jr., Klara Buestr, William Bull, Phyllis Cameron, Maurice Carr, Maude Carroll, Bill Chandler, Diana Chase, Charles Chavez, Nelson Clifford, Floyd Cornaby, Carol Crowell, Ruth Dawson, Arthur de Voss, Eleanor De Witte, Helene Dernelle, Alfred Drake (as "Singing Ensemble"), Valerie Eaton, Sonia Efron, Audrey Elliott, Walter Elliott, Esta Elman, Billy Entenmann, Margie Evans, Dionne Farrelle, Anne Francis (as "Singing Ensemble"), Leo Freedman, Edwin Gale, Gene Gally, Tommy Gavin, Tilda Getze, Milton Gill, Sidney Gordon, George Gorst, Frederick Graham, Myra Green, Wendy Greene, Edwin Hackett, Billy Hale, Ed Hall, Gertrude Hamilton, Lorraine Harris, Marion Harvey, Gladys Haverty, Frances Hayes, Buddy Hertelle, Billy House (as "William McGonigle"), Frances Hyatt, Mel Kacher, Gene Kavanaugh, Florence Keezel, Maurice Kelly, Arnold Korff (as "The Emperor"), Gratia Landley, Flora Laney, Lorraine Latham, Martin Le Roy, Clark Leston, Billy Lichtenberger, Willi Lichtenberger, Fred Locke, Dorothy Lodge, Marguerite Lodge, Virginia Lodge, Anton Lonek, Velma Lord, Charlotte Lorraine, Albert Mahler, Jules Mann, Marie Marion, Emily Marsh, Maxine Martin, Patricia Martin, Anthony Marvin, Melissa Mason, Luba Matiuk, Joseph McCarthy, June Meier, Florence Menges, Jack Millard, Mickey Moore, Paul Moore, Harry Murray (as "Boy in the Ensemble"), Mae Muth, Dorothy Palmer, Mildred Patterson, Bill Pillick, Betty Pope, Harry Quinn, Oscar Ragland (as "Head Forester"), Adelaide Raleigh, Mme. Reverelly, Dorothy Richel, Herbert Rissman, Ernst Robert, Ruth Roberts, Jack Rogers, Babs Rossiter, Ruth Rostyn, Evelyn Sather, Olga Schwenker, Winton Sears, Almira Sessions, Joseph Shaughnessy, Ruth Shaw, Paul Shobat, Morrie Siegel, Edwin Sims, Ed Smith, Sonia Sorel, Carol Stone, Lillian Sullivan, Mary Sutherland, Carl Trees, Norman Van Emburgh, Arthur Vann, Nina Verde, Hal Voeth, Harold Voeth (as "Honeymooner"), Jack Voeth (as "Boy in the Ensemble"), Howard Warriner, Kenneth Weaver, Buster West, Grover White, Gloria Whitney, Robert Williamson, Janice Winter, Joseph Wirag, Georgina Yaeger. Produced by Laurence Rivers Inc. and Erik Charell.

(1934). Stage Play: Anything Goes. Musical comedy. Music / lyrics by Cole Porter. Based on material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. Material revisions by Howard Lindsay (also director) and Russel Crouse. Music arranged by Russell Bennett and Hans Spialek. Choral arrangements by Ray Johnson. Alvin Theatre (moved to The 46th Street Theatre from 30 Sep 1935- close): 21 Nov 1934- 16 Nov 1935 (420 performances). Cast included: William Gaxton (as "Billy Crocker"), Ethel Merman (as "Reno Sweeney"), Victor Moore, Bettina Hall, May Abbey, Kay Adams, Leslie Barrie, William Barry, Ruth Bond, Chet Bree. Notes: Historically significant production given it launched Ms. Merman into a major star. (2) Production often cited as an example of the quintessential 1930's musical comedy.

(1938). Stage Play: Leave It to Me! Musical comedy. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Material adaption by Bella Spewack and Sam Spewack, based on their play "Clear All Wires". Musical Director: Robert Emmett Dolan. Music orchestrated by Don Walker (as Donald J. Walker). Directed by Sam Spewack. Imperial Theatre: 9 Nov 1938- 15 Jul 1939 (291 performances). Cast: William Gaxton (as "Buckley Joyce Thomas"), Victor Moore (as "Alonzo P. Goodhue"), Mary Martin (as "Dolly Winslow"), Tamara (as "Colette"), Sophie Tucker (as "Mrs. Goodhue/April/Mrs. Goodhue's Daughter"), Walter Armin (as "French Conductor" / "French Ambassador" / "Stalin"), Alexander Asro, Monica Bannister, Vicki Belling, Dorothy Benson, Stanton Bier, Alexis Bolan, Ruth Bond, Evelyn Bonefine, Chet Bree, Charles Campbell, Dean Carlton, James W. Carr, Mildred Chenaval, Don Cortez, Ruth Daye, J. Colville Dunn, John Eliot, Michael J. Forbes, Hans Hansen, Pearl Harris, Eddie Heisler, Beverly Hosier, Ivan Izmailov, Dorothea Jackson, Thomas Jafollo, Adele Jergens (as "Guest"), Ruth Joseph, Joseph Kallini, Evelyn Kelly, Gene Kelly (as "Secretary to Mr. Goodhue"), Maurice Kelly, June Le Roy, Nancy Lee, William Lilling, 'Walter Long (I)', Peter Lopoukin, George E. Mack, Walter Monroe, Evelyn Moser, Walter Munroe, Audrey Palmer, John Panter, Mary Ann Parker, Kay Picture, Barbara Pond, Edward H. Robins, Roy Ross, Jean Scott, Veva Selwood, Jack Seymour, Lawrie Shevlin, Eugene Sigaloff, Zynaid Spencer, Jack Stanton, Frances Tannehill, Marie Vanneman, Marie Vaughan, Matthew Vodnoy. Produced by Vinton Freedley.


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