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CHARLES RULE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/12/1986 - HFSID 314815

CHARLES RULE The Broadway musical veteran sends information to Theatre World editor John Willis, "although everyone tells me that you know everything." Autograph Letter signed: "Charles Rule", 1 page, 5x7. No place, 1986 April 12.

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CHARLES RULE
The Broadway musical veteran sends information to Theatre World editor John Willis, "although everyone tells me that you know everything."
Autograph Letter signed: "Charles Rule", 1 page, 5x7. No place, 1986 April 12. On personal letterhead to "Dear Sir" [John Willis], in full: "The photo you requested is enclosed. I have added a resumé in case you are not aware of my last few shows - [Item not included.] Although everyone tells me that you know everything. Sincerely". Singer and actor Charles Rule (1927-2002) made his first appearance on a Broadway stage in Courtin' Time (1951), and then played "Slim" in a revival of Oklahoma! (1953). He was in the original cast of three big hit musicals: Fiddler on the Roof (1964), 1776 (1969) and Phantom of the Opera (1988). He appeared in the film version of 1776 (as Joseph Hewes. He had played this role, while understudying John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin, in the Broadway show.) Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Lightly toned around edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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