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Cyril Ritchard

b. Cyril J. Trimnell-Ritchard, 1 Dec 1897, Surry Hillsides, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, d. 18 Dec 1977, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Starting being a dancer, Ritchard produced his theatrical debut in Sydney in 1917. Among his initial companions, in Katinka (1918), was Madge Elliott (b. 12 Might 1896, London, Britain, d. 8 August 1955). Their second display together, INCREASING (1919), produced them extremely popular. When Elliott still left for London, Ritchard visited the united states where he made an appearance in revues but neither one was specifically successful. He became a member of her in London where they blossomed, showing up in several past due 20s shows as well as the Millionaire Child (1931). In 1932, they came back to Australia, showing up within the Quaker Young lady (1933) and Roberta (1934). Although Ritchard was homosexual, they wedded in 1935 (and in 1939 got a boy who passed away at delivery). Back London, Ritchard is at Spread It Overseas (1936) and Herbert Farjeon’s revues, Nine Clear (1938), Small Revue (1939) and Big Best (1942). Ritchard was also in Up And Doing, which opened up in 1940 and, although interrupted from the blitz, liked a good work. This display contained the popular sketch where Ritchard and Leslie Henson harangued Stanley Holloway as he recited ‘The Green Attention Of THE TINY Yellowish God’. Ritchard also produced his 1st appearance inside a right play, as Algernon in THE SIGNIFICANCE TO BE Earnest (1942) with John Gielgud and Edith Evans. Ritchard and Elliott had been within a 1943 revival from the Merry Widow and within the last calendar year of the battle took this present to elements of European countries and North Africa. In 1945, Ritchard is at a successful creation of Homosexual Rosalinda and he also continuing to try out dramatic roles. Within the post-war years, Ritchard obtained considerable success in america, appearing in various straight assignments on Broadway, like the Millionairess (1952), with Katharine Hepburn. He made an appearance often on tv, playing several direct roles like the name function on Pontius Pilate (1952), and he starred in and aimed The Virtuous Isle (1954). He also aimed The Merry Widow (1954) and starred in STOP BY AT A Small Globe (1955); 2 yrs later on he was nominated to get a Tony Award as Greatest Actor within the Broadway version of this display. Still on tv, he was in Dearest Foe (1955), that used music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, THE NICE Fairy (1956), Cole Porter’s Aladdin (1958), he aimed an bout of Information In Courage (1964), and is at Dangerous Xmas Of Red Traveling Hood (1965), playing the wolf to Liza Minnelli’s Small Red Traveling Hood. This present, which also highlighted the Pets and Vic Damone, experienced tunes by Jule Styne and Robert Merrill and a genuine cast album premiered. Within the last yr of his existence, Ritchard made an appearance in Peter Ustinov’s Swordsplay (1976) with Dick Shawn. Ritchard also made an appearance on radio, playing Mr. Micawber inside a 1950 transmitting of David Copperfield with Richard Burton, within the name part, Boris Karloff and Flora Robson. Ritchard’s film function, while less recognized, was far reaching and included Blackmail (1929), Alfred Hitchcock’s 1st talkie, and HALF OF A Sixpence (1967), which starred Tommy Steele. Ritchard’s very best American success arrived in 1954 when he is at a Broadway creation of Peter Skillet, playing Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, and earning a Tony Prize as Best Professional IN THE Musical. His music included ‘A Princely System’, by Tag ‘Moose’ Charlap and Carolyn Leigh, ‘Hook’s Waltz’ and ‘Inexplicable Female’, by Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the last mentioned melody sung with Mary Martin as Peter Skillet. In 1955, Peter Skillet was televised and Ritchard received rave notices for his functionality. For the reason that same calendar year, his wife passed away of bone cancer tumor. The display was restaged for tv in 1956 and once again in 1960 and there is also a US tour. Ritchard starred in and aimed The Pleasure Of His Firm (1959), becoming nominated for Tony honours as Best Acting professional and Best Movie director; he also toured this display in america and Australia. WITHIN THE Happiest Girl ON THE PLANET (1961), music by Jacques Offenbach, lyrics by E.Con. ‘Yip’ Harburg, Ritchard performed multiple roles, performing ‘The Greek Sea’, ‘By no means Be-Devil The Devil’, ‘By no means Trust A Virgin’, ‘The Glory THAT’S Greece’ (with Bruce Yarnell), ‘Vive La Virtue!’ (with Janice Guideline), and ‘Love-Sick Serenade’ (with Lu Leonard). He was also in As well True To Become Great (1963, with Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke, Glynis Johns and Robert Preston), he directed and co-starred with Claudette Colbert within the Abnormal Verb To Like (1963), directed Roar JUST LIKE A Dove (1964), and he performed Sir in Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse’s The Roar FROM THE Greasepaint, The Smell FROM THE Masses (1965), and was nominated for any Best Acting professional Tony. With this present he sang ‘A Great Time Like Today’ and ‘Special Starting’ with Newley, ‘Stuff To Keep in mind’ and ‘Appear At That Encounter’ with Sally Smith, and the next action reprise of ‘Who MAY I Convert To’. In 1969 Ritchard narrated Peter AS WELL AS THE Wolf at the brand new York City Middle. In Glucose (1972), the stage musical based on Billy Wilder’s 1959 film, Some ENJOY IT Hot, he performed Osgood Fielding Jnr., performing ‘Gorgeous Through And Through’ with Robert Morse. Afterwards he aimed the touring business version from the display. He was in Utmost Wilk’s 1975 revue, A Musical Jubilee, co-starring with Tammy Grimes, John Raitt and Gish. With this revue, Ritchard came back to some from the older tracks he previously performed in London a long time before, notably ‘And Her Mom Came As well’. In 1977 he offered the linking narration to get a one-night special, Collectively On Broadway, starring Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. Ritchard was showing up in Chicago because the Narrator in HAND AND HAND By Sondheim when he was felled by way of a coronary attack, dying a couple weeks afterwards.

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