Lincoln Center Theater (New York, N.Y.)

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The Lincoln Center Theater Company (LCTC) opened in 1980, under the direction of Richmond Crinkley with a five-member committee of advisors consisting of Woody Allen, Sarah Caldwell, Liviu Ciulei, Robin Phillips, and Ellis Rabb. Edward Albee was the company playwright. The LCTC was the third resident company at the Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi Newhouse theaters. Previous resident companies were the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center (1964-1973) and Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival (1973-1977). The governing body of the Lincoln Center Theater Company was the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Inc., which oversaw the various uses of the theater.

The LCTC only presented one season, from 1980-1981, which included Macbeth, The Philadelphia Story, and a new play by Woody Allen, The Floating Light Bulb . The productions were generally not well received. Crinkley then decided that the Beaumont would need major renovations before the next season could continue. Lincoln Center's governing body, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., asked that the renovations be postponed until the company could reevaluate its artistic mission.

Crinkley prevailed and a $6.5 million interior renovation of the Vivian Beaumont closed the theater from late 1981 to 1983. In addition to adding a proscenium arch, the renovation improved acoustics and sight-lines and increased seating capacity from 1,143 to about 1,200. These renovations, combined with the fact that LCTC had not produced any further resident seasons, were a point of contention between Crinkley and Lincoln Center. Disagreements escalated in 1984 when the Lincoln Center board stripped the Beaumont of the use of the words ''Lincoln Center'' in its name and denied the theater access to Lincoln Center funds. The restrictions were removed in 1985 in exchange for an agreement by the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Inc. board to take on new members and elect new leadership, which would move towards establishing an active resident company. From 1978 through 1985, the Beaumont had been primarily rented to outside producers, and the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater had remained mostly unused.

In 1985, the building's current management - Lincoln Center Theater (LCT) - was established. This change in management was led by former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, who assembled a new board of directors and signed Gregory Mosher as Director and Bernard Gersten as Executive Producer. Crinkley resigned in 1985 shortly after the new board was appointed.

The new board formed committees for maintaining the building, fundraising, and program development. Fundraising for their first season began at once, with solicitation of corporate donors, the continued rental of the Beaumont and Newhouse, and a succession of galas. The new company opened their first production, House of Blue Leaves, in the spring of 1986 and produced their first full season in 1986-1987. The theater went on to open many notable productions, including Anything Goes (1987), and Mule Bone (1991). Mule Bone was written in 1930 by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. After a falling out between the two authors, the manuscript was shelved and never produced. Lincoln Center worked with the estates of both authors to produce the play for the first time in January of 1991. LCT also produced the South African musical Sarafina! (1987) and an accompanying documentary film, Voices of Sarafina! .

In 1991, Linda LeRoy Janklow and Andre Bishop succeeded Lindsay and Mosher as chairman and artistic director, respectively. Lincoln Center Theater has outlasted all prior managements combined and has become America's largest non-profit theater. The company continues to produce plays and musicals at the Beaumont, the Newhouse, and other theaters around the city.

From the guide to the Lincoln Center Theater records, 1979-1991, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Flaherty, Stephen. Dessa Rose / music by Stephen Flaherty ; lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens ; based on the novel by Sherley Anne Williams, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stoppard, Tom. Rock 'n' roll / by Tom Stoppard, 2007. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Rudnick, Paul. The new century : by Paul Rudnick, 2008. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Albee, Edward, 1928-. Seascape : a play in two acts / by Edward Albee, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Flaherty, Stephen. A man of no importance : a new musical / ; music by Stephen Flaherty ; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens ; book by Terrence McNally, 2002. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Berkowitz, Gerald M. Transcripts of the New Broadways interviews, 1995-1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf LaChiusa, Michael John. Bernarda Alba / music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa ; based on the play The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, 2006. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wilson, August. Joe Turner's come and gone / by August Wilson, 2009. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wasserstein, Wendy. Third / by Wendy Wasserstein, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Haidle, Noah. Saturn returns / by Noah Haidle, 2008. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Goldenthal, Elliot. Juan Darién : a carnival mass / music and original lyrics by Elliot Goldenthal ; book by Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal, inspired by Horacio Quiroga's story, 1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stoppard, Tom. Arcadia / by Tom Stoppard, 1995. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Flaherty, Stephen. The glorious ones : a musical / music by Stephen Flaherty ; book and lyrics, Lynn Ahrens ; based on the novel by Francine Prose, 2007. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf LaChiusa, Michael John. The house of Bernarda Alba : a new musical (workshop) / music by Michael John LaChiusa ; lyrics by LaChiusa and Richard Nelson ; book by Richard Nelson ; based on the play by Federico Garcia Lorca, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Transcripts of the New Broadways interviews, 1995-1996 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Wallance, Don, 1909-1990. Don Wallance Collection, 1936-1990. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Lincoln Center Theater records, 1979-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Bovell, Andrew. When the rain stops falling / by Andrew Bovell, 2010. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shinn, Christopher. Dying city / by Christopher Shinn, 2007. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ruhl, Sarah. In the next room : or, the vibrator play / by Sarah Ruhl, 2009. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Interviews for the book New Broadways [sound recording] / Gerald Berkowitz The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Albee, Edward, 1928-. A delicate balance : a play in three acts / by Edward Albee, 1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904. Ivanov : a play in four acts / by Anton Chekhov ; adapted by David Hare, 1997. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Osborn, Paul, 1901-1988. Morning's at seven / by Paul Osborn, 2002. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear / by William Shakespeare, 2003. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Greenberg, Richard, 1958-. The house in town / by Richard Greenberg, 2006. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Telson, Bob. Chronicle of a death foretold / music by Bob Telson ; additional material by Michael John LaChiusa ; based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez ; adapted by Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis ; conceived by Graciela Daniele, 1995. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stoppard, Tom. The invention of love / by Tom Stoppard, 2001. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Frankel, Scott, 1963-. Happiness / music by Scott Frankel ; lyrics by Michael Korie ; book by John Weidman, 2009. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Donaghy, Tom. Northeast local / by Tom Donaghy. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Gregory Mosher Papers, 1938-2002, [Bulk Dates: 1967-2002] Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kani, John. Nothing but the truth / by John Kani, 2003. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Guettel, Adam. The light in the piazza / music and lyrics by Adam Guettel ; book by Craig Lucas ; based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Albee, Edward, 1928- person
associatedWith Berkowitz, Gerald M. person
associatedWith Bovell, Andrew. person
associatedWith Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904. person
associatedWith Donaghy, Tom. person
associatedWith Flaherty, Stephen. person
associatedWith Frankel, Scott, 1963- person
associatedWith Goldenthal, Elliot. person
associatedWith Greenberg, Richard, 1958- person
associatedWith Guettel, Adam. person
associatedWith Haidle, Noah. person
associatedWith Kani, John. person
associatedWith LaChiusa, Michael John. person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Mosher, Gregory. person
associatedWith Osborn, Paul, 1901-1988. person
associatedWith Rudnick, Paul. person
associatedWith Ruhl, Sarah. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
associatedWith Shinn, Christopher. person
associatedWith Stoppard, Tom. person
associatedWith Telson, Bob. person
associatedWith Wallance, Don, 1909-1990. person
associatedWith Wasserstein, Wendy. person
associatedWith Wilson, August. person
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