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The Great Belasco

It's not just anybody that can put a blizzard onstage. HELEN SHEEHY recalls David Belasco, who revolutionized the American theater with his technical wizardry and realistic sensibility in the first decades of the twentieth century.

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Belasco wearing the clerical-style collar that inspired his nickname of "The Bishop of Broadway"; background photograph by Mark Hill
© Mark Hill 2010/OPERA NEWS Archives
Opera-lovers know that Puccini created Madama Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West from David Belasco plays, but Belasco, the Great Man himself, the Genius of the Stage, the Bishop of Broadway who towe...

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