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|Named Person:||Tammy Grimes; Joseph Papp; Christopher Reeve; Celeste Holm|
|Document Type:||Visual material, Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Tammy Grimes; Joseph Papp; Christopher Reeve; Celeste Holm; Birckhead Rouse, Jr.; Andrew J Stein; New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater.; WWOR-TV (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
|Notes:||This video separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
Dubbed compilation of segments taped off air.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Segment four also cataloged in NCOX 5189.
Segment one aired 3/5/82. "Actors trying to save the Helen Hayes and Morosco theaters on Broadway won another round yestersday when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall postponed the demolition."
Segment two, aired 3/22/82. "More than 200 people including many Broadway actors and producers have been arrested for refusing to move from the soon-to-be demolished Morosco and Helen Hayes Theaters. The U.S. Supreme Court today cleared the way for the demolition to begin as part of the Portman Hotel project. The demostrators were carted away in seven police wagons. Among those arrested were actors Tammy Grimes, Michael Moriarty and Colleen Dewhurst." Includes brief interviews with Christopher Reeve, Grimes and Joseph Papp at the protest site.
Segment three, aired 3/23/82. "The grandeur of Broadway's Morosco Theater is but a memory this morning. Wrecking crews have seen to that. Penny Crone reports on the demolition of the famous Broadway theater." Actor Celeste Holm who once performed at the theater is interviewed at the site. "Portman Construction says it will begin its planned $300 million dollar construction project as soon as possible. Legal battles both on the street and in the court have failed to delay the inevitable. Yesterday more than 200 people were arrested as they failed to block demolition. [P]roducer Joseph Papp looked on helplessly as the theater came down." Brief interview with protestor Colleen Dewhurst who discusses whether her effort to stop the theater's destruction was in vain. "The man in charge of the demolition watched from his office across the street." Birckhead Rouse, Jr., project executive for Portman Properties, says he does not feel guilty, and that "you have to make a balance between whether you stay with the old or go forward with the new."
Segment four, aired 4/19/82. "The Morosco is no more and the Helen Hayes theater is just a shell awaiting demolition. The 170 people arrested for protesting the demise of both showhouses on March 22nd appeared in front of Manhattan criminal court today prior to their arraignment for a pep talk from producer Joseph Papp. Among the group was actress Tammy Grimes getting support from Manhattan Borough President Andy Stein." Stein briefly discusses the need to create an historic Broadway theater district.
|Description:||1 videodisc (DVD) (8 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Series Title:||Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection|
|Other Titles:||WOR-TV, 7/1/82, Morosco and Helen Hayes Theatres|
- Grimes, Tammy -- Political and social views.
- Papp, Joseph -- Political and social views.
- Reeve, Christopher, -- 1952-2004 -- Political and social views.
- Holm, Celeste, -- 1917-2012 -- Political and social views.
- New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. -- Save the Theaters.
- Morosco Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
- Helen Hayes Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
- Theatrical producers and directors.
- Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Political participation -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Theaters -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Historic buildings -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Historic sites -- Law and legislation -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Landmarks at risk.
- Broadway (New York, N.Y.)