Edgar J. MacGregor

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b. 3 December 1878, Rochester, New York, USA, d. 1 September 1957, New York City, New York, USA. An accomplished stage director, MacGregor worked on numerous Broadway productions, among which were some…
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b. 3 December 1878, Rochester, New York, USA, d. 1 September 1957, New York City, New York, USA. An accomplished stage director, MacGregor worked on numerous Broadway productions, among which were some of the most successful shows of the 20s and 30s. Because of the period, when the American musical theatre was still in transition from the European style popular in the previous century, he worked on both operettas and musical comedies. His credits are particularly noteworthy for the number of hits he brought to the stage for the first time and which have continued to hold audiences to the present day owing to revivals and individual songs from these shows that have become standards. Among these shows are The Kiss Burglar (1918), The Gingham Girl (1922), Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II’s The Desert Song (1926), Good News (1927), which was by De Sylva, Brown And Henderson, George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin’s Funny Face (1927), Romberg and Hammerstein’s The New Moon (1928), Take A Chance (1932), Cole Porter’s Du Barry Was A Lady (1939) and two more Porter shows, Panama Hattie (1940) and Let’s Face It! (1941). By the time of MacGregor’s shows of the late 40s, Broadway audiences had been wholly won over to the newer style of musical comedy and his Nellie Bly (1946) and Louisiana Lady (1947) were box-office failures. It was then that MacGregor called it a day and retired.