Painter Stella Bowen ceded to the needs of her husband, Ford Madox Ford, lamenting, "Pursuing art is not just a matter of finding the time--it is a matter of having a free spirit to bring to it." Others, such as painter Lee Krasner and actress Lynn Fontanne
, cherished the symbiosis they shared with their equally accomplished husbands.
The show was rumored to have been inspired by a backstage fight between married actors Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne
during their 1935 production of "The Taming of the Shrew," overheard by their stage manager Arnold Saint Subber.
Nine theaters owned and operated by the Neder-lander Organization (Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt Fontanne
, Marquis, Min-skoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace and Richard Rodgers) were found to be in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Penned in 1944, it was re-written with a less bleak ending - and taking out all Sir John's nastiness - for then stage stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
. Put away by Rattigan, who was savaged by critics, it was known as the lost play.
Hatcher's snappy period comedy pays homage to the legendary acting partnership of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
, who starred in a long line of stage hits from the late 1920s through the '50s.
Ten Chimneys, the home near Milwaukee of actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
, is not in the book, perhaps because it was restored and opened to the public too recently for inclusion, or perhaps because it is the home of a married couple rather than of Fontanne
Couple's star quality lent the aura of a gay Lunt and Fontanne
Along with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
, Coward himself acted in the play when it opened on Broadway.
The play was performed in New York as The Visit, with Lynn Fontanne
and Alfred Lunt in the main roles.
In the 1924 film, for instance, none other than Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
played these fabulous roles.
Ann Reinking has done the choreography, and assuming all goes well in Chicago, the show will proceed to Broadway, where, of course, Lynn Fontanne
starred in 1958--in the original.