b. c.1870s, USA, d. 40s, USA. A leading Broadway director from the early years of the twentieth century through into the early 30s, Huffman credits include straight drama, comedy, farce, operetta, revue and musical shows. Among the musicals, plays with music, and revues were The Girl Behind The Counter, Nearly A Hero, and The Mimic World, Mlle. Mischief (all 1908), The Kiss Waltz, The Never Homes, and The Duchess, (all 1911), Two Little Brides (1912), The Man With Three Wives (1913), Robinson Crusoe, Jr. (starring Al Jolson), The Passing Show Of 1916, and The Show Of Wonders (featuring Willie Howard) (all 1916), Doing Our Bit andOver The Top (both 1917), Experience, and Sinbad (with Jolson) (both 1918).
In the 20s Huffman staged Cinderella On Broadway (1920), The Passing Show Of 1921, The Last Waltz and Bombo (Jolson again) (all 1921), The Rose Of Stamboul, Make It Snappy, Hitchy-Koo Of 1922 (a surprising flop with songs by Cole Porter), and The Passing Show Of 1922 (all 1922), The Dancing Girl, The Passing Show Of 1923, and Topics Of 1923 (all 1923), The Student Prince (1924), Big Boy and Princess Flavia (both 1925), the latter being based upon Anthony Hope’s novel, The Prisoner Of Zenda, with music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and starring Harry Welchman. This show opened at the Century Theatre, where it ran for 152 performances. Huffman also directed Katja, and Gay Paree (both 1926), The Circus Princess, My Maryland, and The Love Call (all 1927), The Greenwich Village Follies (1928), Nina Rosa (1930) and Marching By (1932).