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TONY MUSANTE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/03/1981 - HFSID 300540

TONY MUSANTE Letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, sending regrets for the awards party because he is on the road with a play Typed Letter signed: "Tony Musante", 1 page, 6x8¼. Tallahassee, Florida, 1981 June 3. To "Dear John" [Willis].

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TONY MUSANTE
Letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, sending regrets for the awards party because he is on the road with a play
Typed Letter signed: "Tony Musante", 1 page, 6x8¼. Tallahassee, Florida, 1981 June 3. To "Dear John" [Willis]. In full: "Thank you for your kind invitation to attend the Theatre World Award Party on May 28th. Once again, I had to miss it, but for the best of reasons - work. I am here in Tallahassee at the Florida State University School of Theatre where we are premiering (and trying out) Sidney Kingsley's new play, FALLING MAN. It's been a marvelous experience from which we'll be returning in the second week in June ... [Ellipses in original.] but I am sorry to miss your festivities. Hopefully, next year. Cordially ". TONY MUSANTE (1936-2013) received a Drama Desk nomination for P. S. Your Cat is Dead (1975) and an Emmy nomination for an episode of Medical Center that same year. Since a chilling debut in Ride with Terror (1963), Musante has ofen played Mafia bosses and other tough characters, notably his imprisoned Mafia Don in HBO's Oz (1997-1998). He has sometimes appeared for the good team, however, including the title role in the series Toma (1972-1974) and in Police Station (1974-1976). He has made several Italian films, including the well regarded Spaghetti Western The Mercenary. 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 Hodges. Fine condition.

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