SWEN SWENSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1984 - HFSID 315215
Sale Price $162.00
A letter from the Broadway dancer to John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, wishing him Happy Holidays
Autograph letter signed: "Swen", in black ink, 7x5. New York City, New York. 1984. In full: "Dear John, Wishing you Happy Holiday and a UNDETERMINED nifty year ahead! Love". Broadway dancer and singer Swen Swenson (1932-1993) was featured in several Broadway musicals, including Wildcat (1961),Little Me (Tony nomination, 1963) and a revival of Can Can (1981). The gay activist, who owned the world's largest collection of carousel animals, succumbed to AIDS-related illness. 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 Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Corners worn and creased, especially top right corner. Slightly soiled. Ink stamp. Otherwise, fine condition.
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