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Joseph Harris

Producer, General Manager, Manager
( b. Jul 02, 1927 New York, New York, USA - d. Feb 11, 2015 Greenwich, Connecticut, USA ) Male
Also known as: Joseph P. Harris
Relations: Father of Jeremiah J. Harris
Husband of Geraldine Delaney (1953 -1992) her death
Son of Charles Harris
See Also: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Joseph P. Harris Associates
Joseph P. Harris was an award winning theatrical producer and general manager, who has been associated with over 200 Broadway productions. During his 54 years on Broadway, Mr. Harris served as a producer, general manager and initially an assistant general manager of both plays and musicals.

After returning home from serving as part of the occupation forces under General McArthur in Japan, he started his theatrical career as the Assistant General Manager on Finian's Rainbow, in 1948, working alongside his father, the general manager, Charles Harris.

During his career Mr. Harris crossed paths with many artists, including the legendary Bob Fosse, producing Fosse's Chicago and the revival of Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen. Sweet Charity brought him the first of his three Tony Awards for Best Reproduction of a Musical in 1986.

Throughout the 1950s Mr. Harris was the General Manager for numerous shows including the musicals Can Can and Silk Stockings, both with music and lyrics by Cole Porter; Li'l Abner, directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd, with music by Gene DePaul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer; and Most Happy Fella with book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Straight plays he general managed during this time included Two For the Seesaw with Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft, and The Miracle Worker, again with Anne Bancroft and a young Patty Duke.

Wait Until Dark, in 1966, signaled the beginning of a prosperous two-decade collaboration with Ira Bernstein. Shows under their management tutelage include: Pippin, The Apple Tree, 1776, The Norman Conquests trilogy, The Act, and Sophisticated Ladies.

In 1968, Mr. Bernstein and Mr. Harris began producing shows, their first venture being Golden Rainbow starring Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence, which ran for 383 performances. Other successful producing credits for Mr. Harris & Mr. Bernstein included Bob Fosse's Chicago, On the Twentieth Century and The 1940's Radio Hour.

In the later years of his career, Mr. Harris produced a number of Irish plays with his cherished friend, Noel Pearson. Foremost among them is Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, which won Mr. Harris and Mr. Pearson the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play. Other Friel plays Mr. Harris and Mr. Pearson produced on Broadway are Translations and Wonderful Tennessee.

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuiness, nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993, was another of the Irish playwrights produced by Mr. Harris and Mr. Pearson in the 1990s. Their final production together, a revival of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, won Mr. Harris his third Tony Award, for Best Revival of a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play Revival in 1994.

In addition to having been a member and serving on the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, Mr. Harris was the first Chairman of the Board of the Directors of the Johnny Mercer Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors for Production Resource Group and was a long-time member of the Shubert Alley Irregulars.

Mr. Harris would say that his finest and longest lasting collaboration during his time in the theatre was with Geraldine Delaney, a Broadway dancer, who was introduced to him while she was performing out of town in the original Guys and Dolls as a Hot Box Girl. They were married in December 1953, during a holiday break of Wonderful Town, in which she was appearing and spent the next 39 years together, raising a family in Pomona, NY.

Source: The Greenwich Patch obituary 


ProductionsDate of Productions
Prune Danish
[Special, Solo, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 22, 2002 - Dec 01, 2002
Much Ado About Everything
[Special, Solo, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 30, 1999 - Jul 30, 2000
Love Thy Neighbor
[Special, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 24, 1996 - Jan 05, 1997
Translations
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
Mar 19, 1995 - Apr 09, 1995
An Inspector Calls
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Apr 27, 1994 - May 28, 1995
Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect
[Special, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Apr 05, 1994 - Jun 04, 1995
Wonderful Tennessee
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
Oct 24, 1993 - Oct 31, 1993
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
[Play, Original]
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 23, 1992 - Jun 13, 1993
Dancing at Lughnasa
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
Oct 24, 1991 - Oct 25, 1992
Shogun, The Musical
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph Harris
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 20, 1990 - Jan 20, 1991
Jackie Mason: Brand New
[Special, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 17, 1990 - Jun 30, 1991
Accomplice
[Play, Comedy, Thriller, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Apr 26, 1990 - Jun 10, 1990
The Merchant of Venice
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Dec 19, 1989 - Mar 10, 1990
3 Penny Opera
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 05, 1989 - Dec 31, 1989
Cafe Crown
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Feb 18, 1989 - Mar 26, 1989
Jackie Mason's The World According to Me!
[Special, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
May 02, 1988 - Dec 31, 1988
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Mar 27, 1988 - Jun 26, 1988
M. Butterfly
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Mar 20, 1988 - Jan 27, 1990
Breaking the Code
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Nov 15, 1987 - Apr 10, 1988
Pygmalion
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Apr 26, 1987 - Aug 02, 1987
Jackie Mason's The World According to Me!
[Special, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 22, 1986 - Jan 02, 1988
Wild Honey
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Dec 18, 1986 - Jan 11, 1987
Mummenschanz: "The New Show"
[Special, Mime, Masks, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Jun 24, 1986 - Oct 26, 1986
Sweet Charity
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Joseph Harris
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Apr 27, 1986 - Mar 15, 1987
Big Deal
[Musical, Dance, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Apr 10, 1986 - Jun 08, 1986
Benefactors
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Dec 22, 1985 - Jun 29, 1986
The Iceman Cometh
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Sep 29, 1985 - Dec 01, 1985
Harrigan 'n Hart
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Jan 31, 1985 - Feb 03, 1985
The Three Musketeers
[Musical, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris Associates, Inc.
Nov 11, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984
Glengarry Glen Ross
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Mar 25, 1984 - Feb 17, 1985
Noises Off
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Dec 11, 1983 - Apr 06, 1985
Marilyn
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Nov 20, 1983 - Dec 03, 1983
Brothers
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Nov 09, 1983 - Nov 09, 1983
Dance a Little Closer
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
May 11, 1983 - May 11, 1983
My One And Only
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
May 01, 1983 - Mar 03, 1985
Monday After the Miracle
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 14, 1982 - Dec 18, 1982
Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Feb 18, 1982 - Apr 04, 1982
Kingdoms
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Dec 13, 1981 - Dec 27, 1981
Ned and Jack
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris Associates
Nov 08, 1981 - Nov 08, 1981
The Moony Shapiro Songbook
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
May 03, 1981 - May 03, 1981
Sophisticated Ladies
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris
Mar 01, 1981 - Jan 02, 1983
Onward Victoria
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 14, 1980 - Dec 14, 1980
The Roast
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph P. Harris
May 08, 1980 - May 10, 1980
The 1940's Radio Hour
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph P. Harris
Oct 07, 1979 - Jan 06, 1980
Strangers
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 04, 1979 - Mar 11, 1979
Stages
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 19, 1978 - Mar 19, 1978
On the Twentieth Century
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979
The Act
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 29, 1977 - Jul 01, 1978
Mummenschanz
[Special, Mime, Masks, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 30, 1977 - Apr 20, 1980
The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 18, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Living Together
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976
Chicago
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
  • Produced in association with Joseph Harris
Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977
Lorelei
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Jan 27, 1974 - Nov 03, 1974
Pippin
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 23, 1972 - Jun 12, 1977
Scratch
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
May 06, 1971 - May 08, 1971
Georgy
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris
  • Produced in association with Joseph P. Harris
Feb 26, 1970 - Feb 28, 1970
1776
[Musical, Comedy, History, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 16, 1969 - Feb 13, 1972
Maggie Flynn
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris
Oct 23, 1968 - Jan 05, 1969
Golden Rainbow
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph P. Harris
Feb 04, 1968 - Jan 11, 1969
The Apple Tree
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 18, 1966 - Nov 25, 1967
Mame
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris
May 24, 1966 - Jan 03, 1970
Wait Until Dark
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Feb 02, 1966 - Dec 31, 1966
Sweet Charity
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph P. Harris
Jan 29, 1966 - Jul 15, 1967
Golden Boy
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 20, 1964 - Mar 05, 1966
Folies Bergère [1964]
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Jun 02, 1964 - Nov 14, 1964
Here's Love
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 03, 1963 - Jul 25, 1964
Man in the Moon
[Musical, Puppets, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph Harris
Apr 11, 1963 - Apr 21, 1963
A Thousand Clowns
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Apr 05, 1962 - Apr 13, 1963
A Family Affair
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Jan 27, 1962 - Mar 25, 1962
Gideon
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 09, 1961 - Jun 02, 1962
Wildcat
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 16, 1960 - Jun 03, 1961
All the Way Home
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 30, 1960 - Sep 16, 1961
Period of Adjustment
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 10, 1960 - Mar 04, 1961
Greenwillow
[Musical, Comedy, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 08, 1960 - May 28, 1960
The Tenth Man
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 05, 1959 - May 13, 1961
The Miracle Worker
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 19, 1959 - Jul 01, 1961
Davy Jones' Locker
[Special, Puppets, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph Harris
Mar 28, 1959 - Apr 11, 1959
Rashomon
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Jan 27, 1959 - Jun 13, 1959
Two for the Seesaw
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Jan 16, 1958 - Oct 31, 1959
Li'l Abner
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Nov 15, 1956 - Jul 12, 1958
The Most Happy Fella
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
May 03, 1956 - Dec 14, 1957
Silk Stockings
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Feb 24, 1955 - Apr 14, 1956
Can-Can
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
May 07, 1953 - Jun 25, 1955
Bernardine
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Oct 16, 1952 - Feb 28, 1953
Golden Boy
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • General Manager: Joseph Harris
Mar 12, 1952 - Apr 06, 1952
Two on the Aisle
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Jul 19, 1951 - Mar 15, 1952
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
[Musical, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Apr 19, 1951 - Dec 08, 1951
Clutterbuck
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Dec 03, 1949 - Jun 10, 1950
Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'!
[Musical, Original]
  • Assistant Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Jan 29, 1948 - Jul 10, 1948
Finian's Rainbow
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Assistant General Manager: Joseph Harris
Jan 10, 1947 - Oct 02, 1948
1994 Tony Award® Best Revival of a Play
nomineeAn Inspector Calls [winner]
Produced in association with Joseph Harris
1994 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play Revival
nomineeAn Inspector Calls [winner]
Produced in association with Joseph Harris
1993 Tony Award® Best Play
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me [nominee]
Produced in association with Joseph Harris
1992 Tony Award® Best Play
nomineeDancing at Lughnasa [winner]
Produced in association with Joseph Harris
1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
Dancing at Lughnasa [nominee]
Produced in association with Joseph Harris
1986 Tony Award® Best Reproduction (Play or Musical)
nomineeSweet Charity [winner]
Produced by Joseph Harris
1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
The 1940's Radio Hour [nominee]
Produced by Joseph P. Harris
1978 Tony Award® Best Musical
On the Twentieth Century [nominee]
Produced in association with Joseph Harris
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