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MORTON DACOSTA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/09/1979 - HFSID 314738

MORTON DA COSTA The actor and producer writes a short letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World Autograph letter signed: "Tec [nickname]," 7x5½. Written on personal letterhead, West Redding, Connecticut, February 9, 1979.

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MORTON DA COSTA
The actor and producer writes a short letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World
Autograph letter signed: "Tec [nickname]," 7x5½. Written on personal letterhead, West Redding, Connecticut, February 9, 1979. To John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World. New York City. In full: "Dear John, You must admit I take first prize for tardiness in sending New Year's greetings. But I do wish you all the best in '79. The Darien [illegible] Theatre continues to get more notices. "Sypos," is on now. "Brigadoon" next. Best always." Hand addressed envelope included, 7¼x5½. Morton Da Costa (1914-1989) appeared in several Broadway plays of the 1940s, including Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth (1942) before turning his talents to staging and directing. His greatest successes came in the mid-1950s, when he directed a string of big hits, mostly musicals, including Plain and Fancy, No Time for Sergeants, Auntie Mame and The Music Man. He was nominated for a Tony as Best Director of The Music Man (1957). Da Costa also directed the film versions of Auntie Mame and The Music Man. 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. Fine condition.

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