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Ben Teal (1857–1917)

Born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in San Francisco, Teal was a noted Broadway playwright and director. In the latter role, he was widely considered a tyrant, but enjoyed a long career on Broadway. After a serving an apprenticeship under the guidance of David Belasco, he wrote "The Great Metropolis" with George H. Jessop, that would become the first... See full bio »


(age 60)

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Stage Play: The Rogers Brothers in Washington. Musical/farce/vaudeville. Book by John J. McNally. Lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Music by Maurice Levi. Musical Director: Maurice Levi. Directed by Ben Teal. Knickerbocker Theatre: 2 Sep 1901- 12 Oct 1901 (49 performances). Cast: Jeanette Bageard (as "Clara Braley"), Nora Bayes (as "Esther Pace"),... See more »

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Stage director; active on Broadway from 1896-1916. Teal was a favored in-house director for the Theatrical Syndicate (one of the principals was theatrical giant Charles Frohman), that was finally broken after Frohman's death by the Shuberts. Teal possessed a volatile personality and was far less liked by his casts and crews.

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