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George Abbott

George Abbott

"The Pajama Game" (which he wrote) was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Outstanding Musical Production.

George Abbott won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical "Fiorello!" collaborating with Jerome Weidman, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.

He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for "Damn Yankees!" for Outstanding Musical Production of the 1997 season.

Won 11 Tony Awards, second only to his protégé Harold Prince's unprecedented 20-win record. Abbott's wins: in 1955, with collaborator Richard Bissell, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "The Pajama Game"; in 1956, with collaborator Douglass Wallop, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "Damn Yankees!"; in 1960, as Best Director (Musical), and, with collaborator Jerome Weidman, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "Fiorello!"; in 1963, as Best Director (Musical) for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"; in 1976, the Lawrence Langner Award; and, in 1987, a Special Tony Award "on the occasion of his 100th birthday". He was also nominated in 1958 as author of the book of Best Musical nominee "New Girl in Town" and, in 1963, as Best Director (Dramatic) for "Never Too Late".




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