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(1927- 1959). Active on Broadway in the following productions:

(1927). Stage Play: Trigger. Written by Lula Vollmer. Directed by George Cukor. Little Theatre: 6 Dec 1927- Jan 1928 (closing date unknown/47 performances). Cast: Rupert Brae (as "Rus Cleaver"), Sonny Collins (as "Sam"), Walter Connolly (as "John Stafford"), Claiborne Foster (as "Trigger Hicks"), Catherine Gray (as "Mother"), Sara Haden (as "Etta Dawson"), Louis Mason (as "Bill Grayson"), Milton McGovern (as "West Fry"), Elinor Retsof (as "Granny Raines"), Natalie Schafer (as "Eleanor Stafford") [Broadway debut], John Taylor (as "Jake Hawkins"), Minor Watson (as "George Fleetwood"), Zeddie (as "Zedrach"). Produced by Richard Herndon.

(1928). Stage Play: March Hares. Satire (revival). Written by Harry Wagstaff Gribble. Directed by Daniel Frawley. Little Theatre: 2 Apr 1928- Apr 1928 (closing date unknown/19 performances). Cast: Richard Bird (as "Geoffrey Wareham"), Francis Compton (as "Oliver"), Bruce Evans (as "Edgar Fuller"), Margaret Hinton (as "The Cook"), Josephine Hull (as "Mrs. Janet Rodney"), Ryder Keane (as "Mr. Brown"), Natalie Schafer (as "Ethel"), Dorothy Stickney (as "Claudia Kitts"), Vivian Tobin (as "Mrs. Janet Rodney"). Produced by Charles L. Wagner.

(1928). Stage Play: These Few Ashes. Comedy. Written by Leonard Ide. Directed by Clifford Brooke. Booth Theatre: 30 Oct 1928- Dec 1928 (closing date unknown/39 performances). Cast: Ellis Baker (as "Mme. de Seguin"), Goo Chong (as "Oki"), Wallis Clark (as "John Whitney"), Henrietta Goodwin (as "Elsa von Glahn"), Ralph J. Locke (as "Pierre de Seguin"), James Meighan (as "Victor Duprees"), Georges Romain (as "Marcel Bonnard"), Natalie Schafer (as "Edith Major"), Hugh Sinclair (as "Kenneth Vail"), Leni Stengel (as "Olga Bukarov"). Produced by Shaw-Nathan Productions Inc.

(1929). Stage Play: The Nut Farm. Comedy. Written by John C. Brownell [credited as John Charles Brownell]. Directed by Harry MacFayden. Biltmore Theatre: 14 Oct 1929- Nov 1929 (closing date unknown/40 performances). Cast: Samuel Coit (as "Ezra Sliscomb"), Wallace Ford (as "Willie Barton"), Helen Henry (as "Mrs. Barton"), Louise Huntington (as "Agatha Sliscomb"), Edward Keane (as "Hamilton T. Holland"), Louis Kimball (as "Robert Bent"), Mortimer Lepey (as "Harold Van Horton"), Mabel Marden (as "Hilda"), Natalie Schafer (as "Helen Bent"), Graham Velsey (as "J. Clarence Biddeford"). Note: Filmed as The Nut Farm (1935) [distributed by Monogram Pictures] with Wallace Ford reprising his role in the film.

(1930). Stage Play: Ada Beats the Drum. Comedy. Written by John Alexander Kirkpatrick. Directed by Geoffrey Kerr. John Golden Theatre: 8 May 1930- Jun 1930 (closing date unknown/46 performances). Cast: Auguste Aramini (as "Gendarme"), George W. Barbier (as "Ed Hubbard"), Mary Boland (as "Ada Hubbard"), Frank Charlton (as "Mr. Sims"), Jules Epailly (as "Dmitri"), N. Gelikhovsky (as "Gendarme"), Louza Riane (as "Jacqueline"), Marcel Rousseau (as "Alonzo"), Natalie Schafer (as "Nadine Wentworth"), Edgar Stehli (as "A Cure"), Hal Thompson (as "Bow-Tie"), Nydia Westman (as "Leila Hubbard"). Note: Filmed by MGM as Mama Steps Out (1937).

(1930). Stage Play: The Rhapsody. Drama. Written by Louis K. Anspacher. Directed by Sam Forrest. Cort Theatre: 15 Sep 1930- Sep 1930 (closing date unknown/19 performances). Cast: Josef Adler (as "Henry Bergh"), Louis Calhern (as "Lodar Baron"), John T. Doyle (as "Austin Kellam"), John R. Hamilton (as "Doctor Hollister"), Julia Hoyt (as "Delphine"), Curtis Karpe (as "Max Krueger"), Aileen McDermott (as "Elizabeth Trumbull"), Adrian Rosely (as "Anton"), Natalie Schafer (as "Marjorie Kellam"), Craig Williams (as "Kaspar Wahl"). Produced by George M. Cohan.

(1931). Stage Play: The Great Barrington. Drama. Written by Franklin L. Russell. Avon Theatre: 19 Feb 1931- Mar 1931 (closing date unknown/16 performances). Cast: Suzanne Caubaye (as "Jacqueline Van Doorn"), Charles Dalton (as "St. Bernard M. Blackwood"), J. Malcolm Dunn (as "Peter Van Doorn"), Edmund George (as "Prescott Barrington, the 13th"), Gene Gowing (as "Wolfert Dan Doorn, the 14th"), H. Dudley Hawley (as "Prescott Barrington, the 12th"), Alf Helton (as "Bishop"), Otto Kruger (as "Prescott Barrington, the 1st"), George Lamar, Kathryn March, George Probert (as "Ogu"), Anne Revere (as "Katie"), Natalie Schafer (as "Annabelle Barrington"), Eleanor Woodruff. Produced by Oliver D. Bailey.

(1931). Stage Play: Perfectly Scandalous. Comedy. Written by Hutcheson Boyd. Directed by Robert Webb Lawrence. Hudson Theatre: 13 May 1931- May 1931 (closing date unknown/5 performances). Cast: Antonio (as "Antonio"), Ann Dere (as "Frances Drake"), Grant Gordon (as "Oliver Drake"), Jeanne Greene (as "Fay North"), Theodore Hecht (as "Philip Moreno"), Henry W. Pemberton (as "Sydney North"), Natalie Schafer (as "Viva North"). Produced by Ray Gallo.

(1932). Stage Play: New York to Cherbourg. Comedy. Written by H.G. Buller. Directed by Paul E. Martin and H.G. Buller. Forrest Theatre: 19 Feb 1932- Feb 1932 (closing date unknown/3 performances). Cast: Edward Broadley (as "Atkinson"), George Christie (as "Jeremiah Mott"), Jocelyn Gordon (as "Mabel Torrence"), Arthur Gould-Porter (as "Officer Conroy"), Taylor Holmes (as "Franklin Spence"), Gerald Kent (as "Floyd Warren"), Edward Lester (as "Reginald Richie"), Isidore Marcil (as "Tom"), Edward Raquello Alfredo de Pisza"), Natalie Schafer (as "Constance Carroll"), Eleanor Winslow Williams (as "Opal Raymond"). Produced by Paul E. Martin and Pilgrim Productions Inc.

(1934). Stage Play: So Many Paths. Drama. Written by Irving Kaye Davis. Scenic Design by Watson Barratt. Directed by Priestly Morrison. Ritz Theatre: 6 Dec 1934- Dec 1934 (closing date unknown/28 performances). Cast: Mary Barker (as "Beulah"), George Blackwood (as "Walter Henderson"), Matt Briggs (as "Howard Brown"), Blanche Fleming (as "Miss Pearson"), Hermann Lieb (as "Henry J. Stewart"), Lea Penman (as "Madame Fuselli"), Sara Perry (as "Mrs. Kenny"), Natalie Schafer (as "Margaret Kenny Brown"), Nancy Sheridan (as "Ruth Kenny"), Norma Terris (as "Clara Kenny"). Produced by Cohn and Scanlon.

(1936). Stage Play: Lady Precious Stream. Written by S.I. Hsiung. Costume Design by Mei Lan-Fang. Directed by Dr. Hsiung. Booth Theatre: 27 Jan 1936- Apr 1936 (closing date unknown/105 performances). Cast: Marcella Abels (as "Silver Stream"), Joan Adrian (as "Maid to the Princess"), Slater Barkentin (as "Suitor"), Helen Chandler (as "Precious Stream"), Will Claire (as "Suitor/The Minister of Foreign Affairs"), Clarence Derwent (as "His Excellency Wang Yun, The Prime Minister"), Lilian Dushell (as ""Maid to the Princess"), Sally Fitzpatrick (as "Precious' Maid/Maid to the Princess"), Bramwell Fletcher (as "Hsieh Ping-Kuei"), Helen Kimm (as "Golden Stream"), Joan Miller (as "Maid to the Princess"), Henry Morrell (as "Su, The Dragon General/General Mu"), Molly Pearson (as "Madam Wang"), Detmar Poppen (as "Wei, The Tiger General"), Gilbert Ralston (as "Executioner"), Natalie Schafer (as "The Princess of the Western Regions"), Harry Selby (as "Suitor"), Norman Stuart (as "Property Man"), Mai-Mai Sze (as "Honorable Reader"), Preston Tuttle (as "Suitor/Kiang Hai"), Albert Whitley (as "Ma Ta"), Jesse Wynne (as "Property Man"). Produced by Morris Gest.

(1940). Stage Play: Goodbye in the Night. Melodrama. Written by Jerome Mayer. Scenic Design by Cirker & Robbins. Directed by George Abbott. Biltmore Theatre: 18 Mar 1940- 23 Mar 1940 (8 performances). Cast: Jean Adair (as "Minka"), Paul Ballantyne (as "Kurt"), James Bell (as "Ollie"), John Carmody (as "Pop"), Marilyn Erskine (as "Gertie"), Peggy Gould (as "Kitchen Maid"), Richard Kelly (as "Policeman"), Owen Martin (as "Joe"), Mary Mason (as "Cece Sawyer"), Ruth McDevitt (as "A Female Boarder"), Millard Mitchell (as "Chief O'Malley"), Ralph Morehouse (as "Policeman"), Ernest Rowan (as "Dr. Josephs"), Natalie Schafer (as "Jessie Sawyer"), William Swetland (as "Rufus"), Edith Van Cleve (as "Maude"), Marion Willis (as "Syd"). Produced by George Abbott.

(1941). Stage Play: Lady in the Dark. Musical comedy. Book by Moss Hart. Music by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Musical Director: Maurice Abravanel. Music orchestrated by Kurt Weill. Vocal arrangements by Kurt Weill. Production Design by Hassard Short. Lighting Design by Hassard Short. Scenic Design by Harry Horner. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff. Gowns Designed by Hattie Carnegie. Assistant to Mr. Horner: Lester Polakov and Dick Bernstein. Assistant to Miss Sharaff: Brion. All musical sequences staged by Hassard Short. Choreographed by Albertina Rasch. Directed by Moss Hart. Alvin Theatre: 23 Jan 1941- 15 Jun 1941 (162 performances). Cast: Gertrude Lawrence (as "Liza Elliott"), Jerome Andrews (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Nelson Barclift (as "Tom, an office boy/Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Dorothy Bird (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), George Bockman (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Anne Bracken (as "Child"), Macdonald Carey (as "Charley Johnson"), Kenneth Casey (as "Child"), Andre Charise (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Catherine Conrad (as "Singer"), Audrey Costello (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Jean Cumming (as "Singer"), Davis Cunningham (as "Jack/Singer"), Margaret Dale (as "Maggie Grant"), Patricia Deering (as "Carol, a model/Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Carol Deis (as "Singer"), Eleanor Eberle (a "Barbara"), Hazel Edwards (as "Singer"), Max Edwards (as "Singer"), Sally Ferguson (as "Child"), Len Frank (as "Singer"), Dan Harden (as "Ben Butler"), Fred Hearn (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Manfred Hecht (as "Singer"), Danny Kaye (a "Russell Paxton"), Yaroslav Kirov (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Ellie Lawes (as "Child"), Joan Lawes (as "Child"), Ann Lee (as "Miss Stevens"), Robert Lee (as "Child"), Bert Lytell (as "Kendall Nesbitt"), June MacLaren (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Jacqueline MacMillan (as "Child"), William Marel (as "Singer"), Victor Mature (as "Randy Curtis") [only Broadway role], Robert Mills (as "Child"), Warren Mills (as "Child"), Beth Nichols (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Virginia Peine (as "Helen, a model"), Gedda Petry (as "Ruthie, a model/Singer"), Donald Randolph (as "Dr. Brooks"), June Rutherford (as "Singer"), Natalie Schafer (as "Alison Du Bois"), Jeanne Shelby (as "Miss Bowers"), Ward Tallmon (as "Joe, an office boy"), Lois Volkman (as "Child"), George Ward (as "Child"), William Welch (as "Child"), Wana Wennerholm (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Margaret Westberg (as "Marcia, a model/Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Evelyn Wyckoff (as "Miss Foster"), Florence Wyman (as "Singer"). Replacement actors: Joseph Anthony (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), George Bockman (as "Tom, an office boy"), Eric Brotherson (as "Singer"), Patricia Deering (as "Barbara"), William Howell (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"), Beth Nichols (as "Carol, a model"), John Sweet (as "Alberta Rasch Group Dancer"). Produced by Sam Harris. Note: Filmed by Paramount Pictures as Lady in the Dark (1944).

(1941). Stage Play: Lady in the Dark. Musical comedy [return engagement]. Book by Moss Hart. Music by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Musical Director: Maurice Abravanel. Music orchestrated by Kurt Weill. Vocal arrangements by Kurt Weill. Production Design by Hassard Short. Lighting Design by Hassard Short. Scenic Design by Harry Horner. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff. Gowns Designed by Hattie Carnegie. Assistant to Mr. Horner: Lester Polakov and Dick Bernstein. Assistant to Miss Sharaff: Brion. All musical sequences staged by Hassard Short. Choreographed by Albertina Rasch. Directed by Moss Hart. Alvin Theatre: 2 Sep 1941- 30 May 1942 (305 performances). Cast: Gertrude Lawrence (as "Liza Elliott"), George Bockman, Anne Bracken, Kenneth Casey, Andre Charise, Catherine Conrad, Audrey Costello, Jean Cumming, Margaret Dale, Patricia Deering, Carol Deis, H. Robert Edwards, Sally Ferguson, Len Frank, Dan Harden, Fred Hearn, Ann Lee, June MacLaren, Jacqueline MacMillan, William Marel, Beth Nichols, Virginia Peine, Gedda Petry, Donald Randolph, June Rutherford, Natalie Schafer (as "Alison Du Bois"), Jeanne Shelby, Ward Tallmon (as "Joe, an office boy"), Lois Volkman, George Ward, William Welch, Wana Wennerholm, Margaret Westberg, Evelyn Wyckoff (as "Miss Foster"), Florence Wyman. Produced by Sam Harris. Note: Filmed by Paramount Pictures as Lady in the Dark (1944).

(1942). Stage Play: The Doughgirls. Comedy. Written by Joseph Fields. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Lyceum Theatre: 30 Dec 1942- 29 Jul 1944 (671 performances). Cast: Walter Beck, Reed Brown Jr., Theodore Bryant, Maurice Burke, King Calder (as "Julian Cadman"), George Calvert, Mary Cooper, George Davis, Reynolds Evans (as "Chaplain Stevens"), Virginia Field (as "Edna"), Arlene Francis (as "Natalia Chodorov"), Sydney Grant, Harold Grau (as "A Stranger"), Mildred Haines, Vinton Hayworth, Henry Howell, Edward Joyce, Kermit Kegley, William J. Kelly, James MacDonald, Joseph Martin, Harold Murphy, Doris Nolan (as "Nan"), Joseph Olney, Maxim Panteleieff, Edward H. Robins, Natalie Schafer (as "Sylvia"), Frank Taft, Jerome Thor, Thomas F. Tracey (as "Admiral Owens"), Arleen Whelan, Hugh Williamson, Ethel Wilson, Bernard Winter. Produced by Max Gordon. Note: Filmed by Warner Bros. as The Doughgirls (1944).

(1946). Stage Play: A Joy Forever. Written by Vincent McConnor. Scenic Design by Stewart Chaney. Directed by Reginald Denham. Biltmore Theatre: 7 Jan 1946- 19 Jan 1946 (16 performances). Cast: Frieda Altman (as "Mrs. Tillery"), Seth Arnold (as "Old Dan"), Rollin Bauer (as "Guard"), Charles Boaz (as "Model"), Loïs Bolton (as "Mrs. Danforth"), Joe Johnson (as "Wallace"), Nicholas Joy (as "Archer Barrington"), Guy Kibbee (as "Benjamin Vinnieum") [final Broadway role], Fred Knight (as "Delivery Man"), Ottilie Kruger (as "Constance Sherman"), Charles Laffin (as "Frith"), William Nunn (as "Young Dan") [final Broadway credit], Dorothy Sands (as "Tina"), Natalie Schafer (as "Allora Eames"), Lucian Self (as "Assistant Delivery Man"), Loring Smith (as "Harrison Eames"). Produced by Blevins Davis and Archie Thomson.

(1949). Stage Play: Forward the Heart. Drama. Written by Bernard Reives. Scenic Design and Lighting Design by Perry Watkins. Directed by Peter Frye. 48th Street Theatre: 28 Jan 1949- 12 Feb 1949 (19 performances). Cast: Harry Bannister (as "Dr. George Whiting"), William Prince (as "David Gibbs"), Natalie Schafer (as "Mrs. Marian Gibbs"), Mildred Joanne Smith (as "Julie Evans"). Produced by Theatre Enterprises Inc. and Leon J. Bronesky.

(1955). Stage Play: Six Characters in Search of an Author (Revival). Written by Luigi Pirandello. New adaptation by Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Wager. Based on a translation by Frank Tauritz. Scenic Design by Klaus Holm. Directed by Tyrone Guthrie. Phoenix Theatre: 11 Dec 1955- 5 Feb 1956 (65 performances). Cast: Dario Barri (as "Supporting Cast"), Francis Bethencourt (as "The Leading Man"), Mildred Chandler (as "The Wardrobe Mistress"), Whitfield Connor (as "The Father"), William Cottrell (as "The Second Man"), Hale Gabrielson (as "The Ingenue"), John Glennon (as "The Character Juvenile"), Shirley Grayson (as "The Second Woman"), Betty Lou Holland (as "The Stepdaughter"), Kurt Kasznar (as "The Director"), James Lacirignola (as "The Boy"), Russell Morrison (as "The Stagehand"), Aileen Poe (as "The Character Woman"), Natalie Schafer (as "The Leading Lady") [final Broadway role], Maud Scheerer (as "Mme. Pace"), Katherine Squire (as "The Mother"), Marilyn Stevens (as "Supporting Cast"), Karen Sue Trent (as "The Little Girl"), Michael Wager (as "The Son"), Frederic Warriner (as "The Stage Manager"), William Whitman (as "The Juvenile"), Mervin Williams (as "Supporting Cast"). Produced by The Phoenix Theatre (Edward Hambleton: Co-Founder and Managing Director. Norris Houghton: Co-Founder). Produced in association with Clinton Wilder.

(1957). Stage Play: Romanoff and Juliet. Comedy. Written by Peter Ustinov. Incidental music by Harold Rome. Ballads by Peter Ustinov and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Plymouth Theatre: 10 Oct 1957- 13 Sep 1958 (389 performances). Cast: Peter Ustinov (as "The General"), Fred Clark (as "Hooper Moulsworth"), Henry Lascoe (as "Vadim Romanoff"), Natalie Schafer (as "Beulah Moulsworth"), Elizabeth Allen (as "Juliet"), Edward Atienza (as "The Archbishop") [Broadway debut], Sylvia Daneel Jr. (as "Captain Marfa Zlotochienko"), Marianne Deeming (as "Evdokia Romanoff"), Carl Don (as "The Spy"), Jack Gilford (as "Second Soldier"), William Greene (as "Freddie Vandestuyt"), Phil Leeds (as "First Soldier"), Gerald Sarracini (as "Igor Romanoff"). Replacement actors: Tamzen Allan (as "Jr. Captain Marfa Zlotochienko"), Tom Poston (as "The General"), Christine Thomas (as "Beulah Moulsworth"), Michael Tolan (as "Igor Romanoff"), George Tyne (as "First Soldier"), David White (as "Hooper Moulsworth") [final Broadway role]. Produced by David Merrick. Note: Filmed as Romanoff and Juliet (1965) (TV).

(1959). Stage Play: The Highest Tree. Written by Dore Schary. Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager. Costume Design by Marvin Reiss. Lighting Design by Donald Oenslager. Assistant to Mr. Oenslager: Klaus Holm. Directed by Dore Schary. Longacre Theatre: 4 Nov 1959- 21 Nov 1959 (21 performances). Cast: Diana Douglas (as "Mary Macready"), Kenneth MacKenna (as "Aaron Cornish"), William Prince (as "Dr. Robert Leigh"), Howard St. John (as "Frederick Ashe"), Richard Anderson (as "Caleb Cornish"), Joe De Santis (as "Bronislau Partos"), Larry Gates (as "John Devereaux"), Frank Milan (as "Steven Cornish"), Natalie Schafer (as "Susan Ashe") [final Broadway role], Elizabeth Cole (as "Jane Ashe"), Miriam Goldina (as "Isabel"), Gloria Hoye (as "Amy Cornish"), Robert Redford, Shirley Smith (as "Gloria Cornish"). Understudies: Joe De Santis (as "John Devereaux"), Gloria Hoye (as "Mary Macready") [only Broadway role], Nicholas Pryor (as "Arkady Clark/Frederick Ashe, Jr. (Buzz)"), Shirley Smith (as "Amy Cornish/Jane Ashe") and Dee Victor (as "Isabel/Susan Ashe"). Produced by The Theatre Guild and Dore Schary. Associate Producer: Walter Reilly.


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