Stephen Sondheim (photo by Fred Conrad, New York Times).

Sheet music featuring Edith Day, singing the title tune of 1919’s “Irene,” in which she prominently starred.
Burgess Meredith in a publicity still from 1939.

Pearl Bailey descending the staircase in “Hello, Dolly!” (1967). Photo by Friedman-Abeles.
George M. Cohan as President Franklin Roosevelt in “I’d Rather be Right” (1937).
Terrence McNally (1938–2021).
Brooks Atkinson and Walter Kerr: Deans of American Drama Critics.

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Author, playwright, director, actor, theatre critic and historian, his book, “Up in the Cheap Seats,” is available at

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