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JOHN GERSTAD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 315842

JOHN GERSTAD Writing to Theatre World editor John Willis in search of missing volumes, he rebukes Willis for not including Rosetta Le Noire's company in the annual. "Please rectify this ..." Autograph Letter signed: "John Gerstad", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, N. Y., no date

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JOHN GERSTAD
Writing to Theatre World editor John Willis in search of missing volumes, he rebukes Willis for not including Rosetta Le Noire's company in the annual. "Please rectify this ..."
Autograph Letter signed: "John Gerstad", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, N. Y., no date. On personal letterhead to "Dear John Willis", in full: "By now I have almost a complete set of Theatre World. (I was in #1 and others.) I am missing #5-6, 17, 20, s2, 23. Where can these be found? Also, I think the omission of Rosetta Le Noire's AMAS Repertory Company is a serious oversight. Many B'way shows originated there: 'Bubbling Brown Sugar', 'Eubie', & upcoming are 'Bojangles' and 'Ragtime - the Scott Joplin Story. Please rectify this for 1978-79 (or 79-80) if only for the sake of a more complete record. Cordially". John Gerstad (1924-1981) made his Broadway acting debut in Othello (1943), with Paul Robeson in the title role. While continuing to act intermittently, Gerstad made his lasting reputation as a director and producer. His first directing effort, The Seven Year Itch (1952-1955), was his biggest hit, one he directed in London as well as New York, but he remained active on the Great White Way until illness confined him to writing in the 1970s. His productions included Goldilocks and Advise and Consent. For television, he produced The Shari Lewis Show. His own scripts included "Jam", produced by the AMAS Company, a factor no doubt in his objection to the Company's absence from Willis's publication. 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. Multiple mailing folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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