Sunrise at Campobello (play)

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This article is about the 1958 play. For the 1960 film, see Sunrise at Campobello.
Sunrise at Campobello
Written by Dore Schary
Characters Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
Sara Delano Roosevelt
Date premiered January 30, 1958
Place premiered Cort Theatre
New York City, United States
Original language English
Subject FDR's battle with polio
Genre Drama
Setting Campobello Island,
New Brunswick, Canada

Sunrise at Campobello is a 1958 play by American producer and writer Dore Schary based on U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's struggle with polio. The film version was released in 1960.

Background[edit]

The original Broadway production was presented at the Cort Theatre by The Theatre Guild and Dore Schary and directed by Vincent J. Donehue. It opened on January 30, 1958 and closed on May 30, 1959 running for 556 performances. It starred Ralph Bellamy as Roosevelt. Bellamy won a Tony Award for Best Actor. Others in the cast included Henry Jones as Louis McHenry Howe; Mary Fickett as Eleanor Roosevelt; Anne Seymour as Sara Delano Roosevelt and, in his Broadway debut, James Earl Jones. Bellamy repeated his role in the film version of the play, but was not Oscar-nominated for his performance, though Greer Garson was Oscar-nominated for her performance as Eleanor.

The production won three other Tonys including Best Play (producers were Lawrence Langner, Theresa Helburn, Armina Marshall and Dore Schary), Best Director of a Play (Vincent J. Donehue) and Henry Jones won for Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Mary Fickett was nominated for Best Supporting or Featured Actress in a Play.

Campobello Island was Roosevelt's summer home in New Brunswick, Canada. Most of the play's actions take place there, where we see Roosevelt struggle to overcome the paralysis of his legs. The play ends with the 1924 Democratic National Convention speech, which catapulted him back into politics after an absence of several years.

Adaptations[edit]

Main article: Sunrise at Campobello

Ralph Bellamy stars in the 1960 film adaptation of Sunrise at Campobello, released by Warner Bros. Dore Schary, who began his career in Hollywood, wrote and produced the film which, like the stage version, was directed by Vincent J. Donehue. Greer Garson co-stars as Eleanor, with Hume Cronyn as Louis Howe. The role of Sara Delano Roosevelt, FDR's mother, is played Ann Shoemaker, who succeeded Anne Seymour in the role in the original Broadway production.

Despite it being perhaps Bellamy's most famous role, it was Garson who received the critical attention. She won the Golden Globe and National Board of Review Award for Best Actress. The film received four Academy Award nominations: Best Actress (Garson), Art Direction, Sound and Costume Design.

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
  • 1958 Tony Award for Best Play
  • 1958 Tony Award for Best Actor in Play - Ralph Bellamy
  • 1958 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play - Henry Jones
  • 1958 Tony Award for Best Director - Vincent J. Donehue
Nominations
  • 1958 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play - Mary Fickett

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