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Dorothy Loudon Papers

Loudon, Dorothy (Mixed Material )
Dorothy Loudon Papers
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This collection extensively covers the personal life and professional career of Dorothy Loudon, including materials relating to stage, film and television productions, albums, and nightclub performances as well as personal correspondence.
Authors: Loudon, Dorothy
Title: Dorothy Loudon papers
Characteristics: 20 linear ft. (75 boxes)
Organization of Materials: Arranged in seven series: Series I. Personal files; Series II. Professional files; Series III. Productions; Series IV. Scrapbooks; Series V. Photographs; Series VI. Scores; Series VII. Artifacts.
Restrictions on Access: Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required
Summary: This collection extensively covers the personal life and professional career of Dorothy Loudon, including materials relating to stage, film and television productions, albums, and nightclub performances as well as personal correspondence.
Terms Of Use: For permission to publish, contact the Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division
Biography: Dorothy Loudon (1925-2003) was a singer, comedienne and Tony Award-winning actress, who appeared in supper clubs, television shows, films, summer stock and on Broadway. Born in Boston, she moved to Manhattan in the early 1950s, working as a nightclub singer and eventually headlining at such clubs as Jimmy Ryan's, The Blue Angel and the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel. She sang with Louis Armstrong and toured in concert with Ray Bolger and George Burns. Loudon made her first appearance on the legitimate stage in the 1962 Off-Broadway production of The World of Jules Feiffer, directed by Mike Nichols. Her first Broadway show was the 1962 musical Nowhere to Go but Up directed by Sidney Lumet and her first Tony nomination was for her performance in the 1969 musical, The Fig Leaves are Falling, directed by George Abbott. Loudon's big break came in 1977 when her campy performance as Miss Hannigan in the 1977 blockbuster Annie, garnered her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for best performance by an actress in a musical and catapulted her to stardom. This was followed by Michael Bennett's Ballroom, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. In 1980 she was chosen to succeed Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd. In 1985 she co-starred with Chita Rivera and Leslie Uggams in Jerry's Girls, a revue of Jerry Herman songs. In 1981 she co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in The West Side Waltz on Broadway and on tour and had another smash hit in Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off (1983.) Loudon released cabaret albums, such as Broadway Baby (1986), Saloon (1991) and Something to Remember Me By (2003) and made numerous concert appearances
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids: Collection guide available in repository and on the internet
Subject Headings: Television actors and actresses Actresses Women singers Theater United States History 20th century Musical theater New York (State) New York Singers United States Revues Musicals Popular music Jazz
Genre/Form: Video recordings
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Posters
Photographs
Awards
Topical Term: Television actors and actresses
Actresses
Women singers
Theater
Musical theater
Singers
Revues
Musicals
Popular music
Jazz
Additional Contributors: Sondheim, Stephen
Prince, Harold - 1928-
Nichols, Mike
Lansbury, Angela - 1925-
Kander, John
Hepburn, Katharine - 1907-2003
Ebb, Fred
Bennett, Michael - 1943 April 8-1987
Research Call Number: *T-Mss 2005-006
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