The Diary of Anne Frank (play)
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|The Diary of Anne Frank|
|Written by||Frances Goodrich
Peter van Daan
Mr. Van Daan
Mrs. Van Daan
|Date premiered||5 October 1955|
|Place premiered||Cort Theatre|
Original Broadway production 
The play is a dramatization by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and opened at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on October 5, 1955. The play was produced by Kermit Bloomgarden and directed by Garson Kanin, with scenic design by Boris Aronson and lighting design by Lee Watson. The cast was led by Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank, Susan Strasberg as Anne Frank, Stephen Press as Peter van Daan, Gusti Huber as Edith Frank, Jack Gilford as Mr. Dussel, Dennie Moore as Mrs. Van Daan, and Lou Jacobi as Mr. Van Daan. The play later transferred to the Ambassador Theatre.
The play received the Tony Award for Best Play and was also nominated for Best Actress (Susan Strasberg), Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson), Best Costume Design (Helene Pons), Best Director (Garson Kanin). The play also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. Susan Strasberg won the 1956 Theatre World Award. The play also received the 1956 New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play.
The play ran until 1957.
1997 revival 
The Diary of Anne Frank was revived on October 1997, in a new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, directed by James Lapine. Otto Frank was played by George Hearn, Anne by Natalie Portman, Mrs. Van Daan by Linda Lavin, Mr. Van Daan by Harris Yulin and Edith Frank by Sophie Hayden. The play previewed in Boston in the Colonial Theatre before opening at the Music Box Theatre in December 1997.
The production received two nominations for 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and for Best featured actress (Linda Lavin). It also received two Drama Desk nominations, for Outstanding Featured Actor (Harris Yulin) and Outstanding Featured Actress (Linda Lavin).
The play has been performed by amateur and professional companies round the world.
Urban legend 
There is an urban legend that in one performance the actress playing Anne Frank was so bad that, at the end, when the Nazis appear, the audience all shouted "She's in the attic!". This is mostly associated with Pia Zadora, although other actresses have been mentioned. However it is dubious since we never see the Nazis at any time, although we do hear them hammering at the door near the end.