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Manuscript/Mixed Material Seating chart for the opening night performance of Middle of the Night, 1956.

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Title

  • Seating chart for the opening night performance of Middle of the Night, 1956.

Created / Published

  • 1956

Headings

  • -  Motion pictures
  • -  ANTA Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
  • -  Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
  • -  Capote, Truman (1924-1984)
  • -  Chayefsky, Paddy (1923-1981)
  • -  Directors
  • -  Hammerstein, Oscar (1895-1960)
  • -  Logan, Joshua (1908-1988)
  • -  cite>Middle of the Night
  • -  cite> (Play)
  • -  Monroe, Marilyn (1926-1962)
  • -  Plays
  • -  Robinson, Edward G. (1893-1973)
  • -  Rodgers, Richard (1902-1979)
  • -  Seating charts
  • -  Manuscripts

Genre

  • Manuscripts

Notes

  • -  Reproduction number: Not available
  • -  Producer, author, and theater and film director Joshua Logan (1908-1988) was at the height of his theatrical career in 1956 when his production "Middle of the Night," starring Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973), opened at the ANTA Theatre. He already had directed the Broadway hits "Charley's Aunt," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Picnic," "Mr. Roberts," "South Pacific," and "Fanny," the latter three of which he also coauthored. This 8 February 1956 reserved seating chart for Middle of the Night suggests that the opening night performance was a major theatrical and social event of the year. The house was peppered with seats for friends of Logan and the play's dramatist, Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981). Actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) reserved three seats in center row B between composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960). Writer Truman Capote (1924-1984) sat alone in E21. Although Random House subsequently published Chayefsky's play in 1957, the Broadway production of "Middle of the Night" did not enjoy the popularity of Logan's earlier hits.
  • -  Throughout his long and productive career, the energetic Logan worked with most of the great performing artists of his time, including stage and screen stars Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, Jerome Robbins, Jose Ferrer, Irving Berlin, Burl Ives, Helen Hayes, Henry and Jane Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Ezio Pinza, Ossie Davis, William Inge, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Charles Boyer, Marlon Brando, Anthony Perkins, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Alvin Ailey, Cecily Tyson, Jack Nicholson, Vanessa Redgrave, Clint Eastwood, Betty Davis, and Nell Carter. Building on his Broadway success, Logan developed into one of the major motion picture makers of his generation, directing or producing such box-office film hits as "Picnic," "Bus Stop," "South Pacific," "Fanny," "Camelot" and "Paint Your Wagon." Shortly after his death in 1988, Logan's personal and professional papers were donated to the Library of Congress as a bequest.

Source Collection

  • Joshua Logan Papers

Repository

  • Manuscript Division

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Chicago citation style:

Seating chart for the opening night performance of Middle of the Night. 1956. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mcc.092/.

APA citation style:

(1956) Seating chart for the opening night performance of Middle of the Night. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mcc.092/.

MLA citation style:

Seating chart for the opening night performance of Middle of the Night. 1956. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mcc.092/>.