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Martin Tahse

Producer, Writer
( b. Apr 24, 1930 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - d. Jul 01, 2014 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male

Martin Tahse was a producer whose television shows examining the troubles and traumas of adolescence were frequent features on the long-running series ABC Afterschool Specials. Early in his career, Mr. Tahse was a producer for touring versions of Broadway shows, including the musicals Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Much later he had an abbreviated run as a Broadway playwright himself: He adapted the Allan Gurganus novel Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All into a one-woman show that starred Ellen Burstyn. It closed after opening night in 2003.

He earned much greater success on television, where between 1974 and 1989 he was a producer or executive producer of more than 20 dramatic shows intended for schoolchildren home at the end of the day. The shows, most of them 45 minutes or an hour long, were generally driven by the predicament of a child with a problem (in "The Skating Rink" (1975), for example, the protagonist is a teenage boy with a stutter) and were often, in the end, uplifting.

After graduating from Culver Military Academy in Indiana he served in the Air Force and moved to New York City, where, in addition to acquiring the touring rights to Broadway shows, he produced one show on Broadway, a one-man musical revue, Laughs and Other Events, starring Stanley Holloway. It played eight performances in 1960.

In the 1970s, Mr. Tahse helped revive "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," the classic puppet show from the late 1940s and '50s created by Burr Tillstrom. He produced 13 new episodes, in color, with Mr. Tillstrom and syndicated them along with other color episodes that had been produced for public television.

Mr. Tahse's other credits include the television movie "Matters of the Heart" (1990), which he wrote and produced with Linda Bergman, about an affair between a pianist (Jane Seymour) and her much younger student.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Written by Martin Tahse
Nov 17, 2003 - Nov 17, 2003
Laughs and Other Events
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Tahse
Oct 10, 1960 - Oct 15, 1960
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