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Morton DaCosta

b. Morton Tecosky, 7 March 1914, Philadelphia, Pa, USA, d. 29 January 1989, Redding, Connecticut, USA. DaCosta 1st made an appearance on Broadway as an acting professional but later started directing. Among his early takes on as an acting professional are The Pores and skin Of Our Tooth (1943), It’s SOMETHING SPECIAL and Hamlet (both 1945). He aimed Plain And Nice and No Period For Sergeants (both 1955), and had two large successes: Auntie Mame (1956, starring Rosalind Russell and Cris Alexander, which went for 639 shows), as well as the Music Man (1957), starring Robert Preston and Barbara Make, with support from David Burns up and Helen Raymond. This display went for 1, 375 shows and received eight Tony Honours, including one each for Preston, Make and Burns aswell as two for Meredith Willson, as composer-lyricist so that as writer (the latter distributed to Franklin Lacey) so that as greatest musical display. DaCosta also aimed the film edition of Auntie Mame (1958), with Russell once again in the name part. The film was well received, and Russell as well as the film itself had been among four unsuccessful nominations for Oscars. DaCosta also aimed the film edition from the Music Guy (1962), that Preston reprised his part; Shirley Jones, Paul Ford and Hermione Gingold had been in the parts performed on stage by Make, Burns up and Raymond. Oscar nominations weren’t so good but musical movie director Ray Heindorf received for Best Rating. DaCosta aimed the film Isle Of Like (1963), which starred Preston, Tony Randall and Walter Matthau but this is poorly received. On the other hand, he had continuing along with his stage function, including productions from the musicals Saratoga (1959, that he also composed the reserve), Sherry! (1967) and Maggie Flynn (1968), non-e of these successes. He aimed straight drama, as well, including The Wall structure (1960). DaCosta’s 70s function for the stage also blended musicals and direct play, among the previous A Musical Jubilee (1975), among the last mentioned THE LADIES (1973) and Doubles (1985). He occasionally worked beneath the name Tec DaCosta.

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