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Albert Marre

Director, Producer, Performer, Writer, Choreographer
( b. Sep 20, 1925 New York, New York, USA - d. Sep 04, 2012 Manhattan, New York, USA ) Male
Relations: Husband of Joan Diener
Mr. Marre accumulated a host of directing credits over his long career, including the original productions of the musical Kismet, and Jerry Herman's first Broadway show, Milk and Honey. But it was Man of La Mancha, a tuneful telling of "Don Quixote," that came to define his career. He directed the New York premiere, which began far Off-Broadway at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre, in 1965, and eventually moved to three different Broadway theatres, before it closed in 1972.

The show began as a television drama called "I, Don Quixote," written by playwright Dale Wasserman. It was Mr. Marre who suggested the show be turned into a musical. Wasserman fashioned a story in which Cervantes, waiting in a prison cell to be tried by the Spanish Inquisition, tells his fellow inmates the story of Don Quixote. The show's simple storytelling and idealistic, yet charmingly foolish hero struck a chord with audiences, rendering the show an oft-revived classic, and transforming its central song, "The Impossible Dream," into a musical theatre anthem. Mr. Marre's wife, actress Joan Diener, played the lead female role of tavern wench Aldonza.

In 1948, Mr. Marre was one of the co-founders of the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, which was one of the country's first classical repertory companies. In 1953, he was hired by Lincoln Kirstein to be the first artistic director of the New York City Drama Company at City Center, where he staged Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice and Shaw's Misalliance, all in 1953.

In 1958, he directed At the Grand, a musical version of Vicki Baum's 1930 novel "Grand Hotel," in Los Angeles. The show never reached New York. However, a revamped version of the property, called Grand Hotel, and directed by Tommy Tune, landed on Broadway more than 30 years later.

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Original production directed by Albert Marre
Dec 05, 2002 - Aug 31, 2003
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Entire Production Staged by Albert Marre
Apr 24, 1992 - Jul 26, 1992
Chu Chem
[Musical, Original]
  • Entire production staged by Albert Marre
Mar 17, 1989 - May 14, 1989
A Meeting by the River
[Play, Original]
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Mar 28, 1979 - Mar 28, 1979
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
  • Musical Staging by Albert Marre
Sep 15, 1977 - Dec 31, 1977
Home Sweet Homer
[Musical, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
  • Book by Albert Marre
  • Musical Staging by Albert Marre
Jan 04, 1976 - Jan 04, 1976
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Jun 22, 1972 - Oct 21, 1972
Cry for Us All
[Musical, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
  • Book by Albert Marre
Apr 08, 1970 - Apr 15, 1970
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
  • Musical Staging by Albert Marre
Nov 22, 1965 - Jun 26, 1971
Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • Produced by Albert Marre
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Mar 28, 1964 - Apr 04, 1964
A Rainy Day in Newark
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Oct 22, 1963 - Oct 26, 1963
Too True to Be Good
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Mar 12, 1963 - Jun 01, 1963
Milk and Honey
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Oct 10, 1961 - Jan 26, 1963
The Conquering Hero
[Musical, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Jan 16, 1961 - Jan 21, 1961
Rape of the Belt
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Nov 05, 1960 - Nov 12, 1960
Time Remembered
[Play, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Nov 12, 1957 - Jun 28, 1958
Good as Gold
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Mar 07, 1957 - Mar 09, 1957
Saint Joan
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Sep 11, 1956 - Jan 05, 1957
Shangri-La
[Musical, Original]
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Jun 13, 1956 - Jun 30, 1956
The Chalk Garden
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Oct 26, 1955 - Mar 31, 1956
Festival
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Jan 18, 1955 - Feb 05, 1955
Kismet
[Musical, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Dec 03, 1953 - Apr 23, 1955
Misalliance
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by New York City Drama Company (Albert Marre: Artistic Director)
Mar 06, 1953 - Jun 27, 1953
The Merchant of Venice
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by New York City Drama Company (Albert Marre: Artistic Director)
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Mar 04, 1953 - Mar 15, 1953
Love's Labour's Lost
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by New York City Drama Company (Albert Marre: Artistic Director)
  • Staged by Albert Marre
Feb 04, 1953 - Feb 15, 1953
The Little Blue Light
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Albert Marre
Apr 29, 1951 - May 12, 1951
The Relapse
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Associate Directed by Albert Marre
  • Performer: Albert Marre [La Varole]
Nov 22, 1950 - Dec 16, 1950
1966 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
winnerMan of La Mancha [winner]
Directed by Albert Marre
1956 Tony Award® Best Director
 The Chalk Garden [nominee]
Staged by Albert Marre
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