Broadway (play)

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Broadway is a Broadway play produced by Jed Harris and written and directed by George Abbott and Philip Dunning. It was Abbott's first big hit on his way to becoming "the most famous play doctor of all time" after he "rejiggered" Dunning's play.[1] The crime drama used "contemporary street slang and a hard-boiled, realistic atmosphere"[2] to depict the New York underworld during Prohibition. It opened on September 16, 1926 at the Broadhurst Theatre and was one of the venue's greatest hits,[3] running for 603 performances.

Carl Laemmle later paid a then-extravagant $225,000 for the film rights.[4]


  1. ^ "Theater: Director/Writer George Abbott, 1887-1995". Newsweek. February 13, 1995. Retrieved July 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Burt, Daniel S. (2004). The chronology of American literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-16821-4.  pp. 377-378
  3. ^ "Broadhurst Theatre (Broadway)". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ Barrios, Richard (1995). A song in the dark: the birth of the musical film. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508811-5.  p. 95

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