b. Charles Bancroft Dillingham, 30 May 1868, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, d. 30 August 1934, New York City, New York, USA. Dillingham’s connection with the turn-of-the-century theatre began as a reviewer for The New York Evening Post and he subsequently became an artists’ manager. By the early years of the twentieth century he had taken a big and unusual step, becoming a Broadway producer. Among his important collaborations were those he enjoyed with Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern. With Herbert he produced Mlle. Modiste (1905), The Red Mill (1906) and several others. With Kern, he produced nine musical comedies. In addition to producing his own shows, he also co-produced with Florenz Ziegfeld. During these years, Dillingham worked with many leading singers, dancers and comedians of the day. In addition to producing shows, in the years immediately following World War I, Dillingham also operated New York’s Hippodrome Theatre and built The Globe Theatre, which is still in existence as The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Like so many others, Dillingham was ruined by the reversal of America’s fortunes in the late 20s and early 30s. Recovering from bankruptcy, Dillingham tried again and in the last year of his life had one more hit with the 1934 revue New Faces.
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