Howard Lindsay

b. 29 March 1889, Waterford, New York, USA, d. 11 February 1968, New York City, New York, USA. In 1932 Lindsay directed Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce, but it was another two years before he began to make…
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b. 29 March 1889, Waterford, New York, USA, d. 11 February 1968, New York City, New York, USA. In 1932 Lindsay directed Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce, but it was another two years before he began to make his name. This came after producer Vinton Freedley linked him with Russell Crouse to work on Porter’s Anything Goes (1934), which was in difficulties. Freedley’s action was fortuitous, not only for Anything Goes but also for Lindsay and Crouse. The new show, starring Ethel Merman, was not merely a box-office success in 1934, it was a hit many times over as revival followed revival during subsequent decades. Lindsay and Crouse’s later collaborations include Red, Hot And Blue! (1936), with music by Porter and Merman in the lead, and Call Me Madam (1950), with music by Irving Berlin and Merman again the star. They also wrote the book for yet another Merman vehicle, Happy Hunting (1956), for The Sound Of Music (1959), by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and for Berlin’s Mr. President (1962). Lindsay and Crouse also worked on dramatic productions, among the most successful being Life With Father (1939) andState Of The Union (1945).