Broadway Producer Don Gregory Dies
Producer Don Gregory, the man responsible for taking a number of Hollywood stars to Broadway, had died, aged 80. Gregory passed away from a stroke on Tuesday at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, his son, U.S. newsman David Gregory confirmed to the New York Times.
Gregory began recruiting celebrities to the stage in the 1970s, most notably pairing stars with historical figures in one-person plays. In Clarence Darrow, he teamed with Henry Fonda, who portrayed the prominent American lawyer in a touring production as well as two separate runs on Broadway. Gregory had a hand in playwright William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, for which Julie Harris won a Tony award for her performance as Emily Dickinson, as well as play Paul Robeson, starring James Earl Jones as the actor, singer and social crusader. In 1980, Gregory served as a producer in the revival of Camelot starring Richard Burton, and a year later Gregory and his co-producer Mike Merrick helped bring Rex Harrison back to the Great White Way to reprise his iconic character of Henry Higgins in the revival of My Fair Lady. Gregory reteamed with Jones in 1983 for a Broadway production of Othello, which also starred Christopher Plummer, and his last credit was the 2012 revival of Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Harvey, starring The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons.
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