Abbott, George


Abbott, George

▪ American director
in full  George Francis Abbott  
born June 25, 1887, Forestville, N.Y., U.S.
died Jan. 31, 1995, Miami Beach, Fla.
 American theatrical director, producer, playwright, actor, and motion-picture director who staged some of the most popular Broadway productions from the 1920s to the '60s.

      After graduating from the University of Rochester, N.Y., in 1911, Abbott began acting on Broadway in 1913. He soon began writing and directing plays as well, and he achieved his first big hits in 1925 and 1926 with, respectively, The Fall Guy and Broadway. After directing the popular farce Three Men on a Horse (1935), he wrote, produced, or directed a long succession of highly successful musical comedies and farces. Some of the most notable were Jumbo (1935), Boy Meets Girl (1935), The Boys from Syracuse (1938), Pal Joey (1940), High Button Shoes (1947), Where's Charley? (1948), Call Me Madam (1950), Wonderful Town (1953), The Pajama Game (1954), Damn Yankees (1955), Fiorello! (1959), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962).

      The dean of Broadway showmen, Abbott was known for his skillful use of material, his mastery of pacing and humour, and his ability to maintain effective action onstage. He directed the motion-picture versions of several of his plays, including The Pajama Game (1957) and Damn Yankees (1958). He published his autobiography, Mister Abbott, in 1963 and remained active on the New York theatrical scene into the 1990s.

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