Morosco Theatre

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Theater

  • A former New York theater that presented the premieres of fourPulitzer Prize-winning plays: Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon(1920), George Kelly's Craig's Wife (1925), Arthur Miller'sDeath of a Salesman (1949), and Tennessee Williams's Caton A Hot Tin Roof (1955).

    The theater was built by the Shubert brothers andopened in 1917 with Canary Cottage by Elmer Harris and OliverMorosco, after whom it was named. It started a vogue for mystery thrillersin 1920 by producing The Bat, by Mary Roberts Rinehart andAvery Hopwood. Other hits have included Edwin Meyer's The Firebrand(1924), Gore Vidal's The Best Man (1960), and Arthur Kopit'sOh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm FeelingSo Sad.

    Many British plays have made a successful transition fromthe West End to Broadway via the Morosco, including works by NoelCoward, Peter Shaffer, David Storey, Simon Gray, Terence Rattigan,and Alan Ayckbourn. The Morosco Theatre was demolished in 1982.

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