James Marino speaks with Albert Poland, Broadway Producer, about his new book, “Stages: A Theater Memoir”, and the passing of his friend and colleague, Jack Garfein.
Guest: Albert Poland
ALBERT POLAND, in his 43 year career in the New York theatre, served as general manager for more than 90 productions including The Homecoming, Talk Radio, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Award, Best Revival), Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Tony Award, Best Revival), and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Dirty Blonde, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Tony Award, Best Play), The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Award, Best Play), As Is (Drama Desk Award, Best Play), The Price, the original productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Best Musical), Steel Magnolias, and One Mo’ Time as well as Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Drama Desk, Best Play), Uta Hagen in Mrs. Klein, Eileen Heckart in The Waverly Gallery, Always Patsy Cline, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind (Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Best Play), Vanities, David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, The Neon Woman, Tommy Tune Atop the Village Gate, Let My People Come, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little and Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery. Mr. Poland operated the Astor Place Theatre from 1977 through 2000, during which time it was host to such long runs as A Coupla White Chicks, The Dining Room, The Foreigner, and Blue Man Group. He is the Co-Editor/Author, with Bruce Mailman, of The Off-Off Broadway Book published in 1972 by Bobbs-Merrill. As a performer, he appeared at Carnegie Hall, La Mama, Judson Poets Theater and the Village Gate. Mr. Poland’s first venture in show business was as the founding president of The Official Judy Garland Fan Fan Club in 1955. In June of 2019, Mr. Poland was presented with the Legend of Off-Broadway Award by the Off-Broadway Alliance. The following September he published an autobiography – STAGES – A Theater Memoir.
Jack Garfein (link to Wikipedia entry)
Jack Garfein (2 July 1930 – 30 December 2019) was an American film director, writer, teacher producer, and key figure of the Actors’ Studio.
Garfein was once married to actress Carroll Baker, with whom he had two children: actress Blanche Baker and Grammy-Award-winning American composer Herschel Garfein. Garfein’s second marriage was to Anna Laretta, with whom he had two children: Rela Garfein (scholarship graduate of HEC in Paris) and Elias Garfein (scholarship graduate of Sorbonne).
He lived for the last four years of his life with his life partner, Natalia Repolovsky, a pianist and technical writer.
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