George S. Kaufman
, when not regaling people as a member of the renowned Algonquin Round Table, was dazzling audiences with a string of Broadway hits.
The Kaufman Organization chairman George S. Kaufman
died on February 20, three weeks short of his 90th birthday.
IT'S A NATURAL FIT FOR CITY THEATRE, IN PITTS-burgh, to premiere a show featuring its hometown son, George S. Kaufman
, as a central character.
A Paper Mill presentation of a musical in two acts, hook by George S. Kaufman
and Morris Ryskind, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.
Long before Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
coined the phrase the fabulous invalid as the title of their 1938 play, African American theatre, following Hart and Kaufman's characterization of all theatre, could reasonably have been considered the invalid of the "fabulous invalid." For Hart and Kaufman, the theatre was both fabulous and an invalid because it had managed to limp along for more than a few millennia amid predictions of its imminent demise in almost every century of its existence.
It's still in print more than four decades after it was first published, even as most of Hart's theatrical output, with the exception of his classic collaborations with George S. Kaufman
, has drifted into obscurity.
For the rest of the decade, they were the toast of Broadway, starring in two more hits, The Cocoanuts (1925) and Animal Crackers (1928), both tailored to their talents by top comedy writer George S. Kaufman
(with Morrie Ryskind).
When George S. Kaufman
and Irving Berlin's The Cocoanuts, the Marx Brothers's first musical comedy vehicle, was revived at the American Jewish Theater in downtown Manhattan, its director and choreographer Richard Sabellico had to summon all his ingenuity to offset a postage-stamp-sized stage, pillars that blocked some audience views, and the lack of conventional wings from which actors could enter and exit.
In 1929 he wrote the first draft of Once in a Lifetime, a satire on Hollywood that became a hit the following year, after its exuberant humor had been tempered by the sardonic skill of George S. Kaufman
. Hart then wrote books for musicals for Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, but until 1941 he continued to work with Kaufman, a collaboration that produced such popular comedies as You Can't Take It with You (1936) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939).
George S. Kaufman
and Marc Connelly took from the poem the name of their short-lived satirical play, The Deep-Tangled Wild-wood (1923).
Old Oaken Bucket, The (printed in the New York Republican-Chronicle, 1817; in Poems, Odes, Songs, 1818; in Melodies, Duets, Trios, Songs, and Ballads, 1826)
He was a leading member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group consisting of such writers, musicians, and artists as Harpo Marx, George S. Kaufman
, Dorothy Parker, and Robert Benchley, who met regularly in the Algonquin Hotel.
Caption: George S. Kaufman
, chairman of the Kaufman Organization, was honored at the YAI Network's Benefit for Hope Gala.