Extent: 4.5 linear feet
Philburn Friedman (1921-1988) was the stage manager for more than 85 shows during a 40 year career that included Broadway productions such as Kismet (1953), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961), Little Me (1962), The Boy Friend (1970), Pippin (1972), Dancin’ (1978), Chicago (1975), and the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity. Friedman was the stage manager for national touring productions of South Pacific and Auntie Mame. He also played part of stage manager in Bob Fosse’s 1979 film, All that Jazz. In 1985, he was awarded the “Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Stage Management,” a crowning achievement of a stage manager’s career. In addition to his professional work, he also taught stage management classes at Rutgers University. There is not a lot of information on Phil Friedman’s life apart from his New York Times obituary published on March 25, 1988, “Phil Friedman, Stage Manager, 66” (http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/25/obituaries/phil-friedman-stage-manager-66.html).
Scope and Content
The collection contains materials related to Phil Friedman’s professional career as a stage manager from 1945 to 1986 and a few items of personal correspondence and ephemera. Friedman worked with director and choreographer Bob Fosse on numerous productions and the bulk of the material relates to those collaborations including the original Broadway productions of Pippin and Chicago.