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Elliot Norton Reviews; Reid Shelton


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Reid Shelton
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Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

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Elliot Norton interviews actor Reid Shelton, the original Daddy Oliver Warbucks from the musical “Annie.” He has played Warbucks in over 2,000 performances starting with the world premiere of “Annie” at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, then continuing on for a trial run in Washington, a successful Broadway run at the Alvin Theater, and currently at the Shubert Theater in Boston. He speaks with Norton about casting and working with dogs and the little girls playing Annie, including Danielle Brisebois (Goodspeed Opera House and Alvin Theater). After playing the same character for five years, Shelton keeps his character fresh in a few different ways. He plays the part differently every night by playing the action moment to moment and by really listening to his fellow actors. He is also refreshed with the changeover of dogs and Annies in the cast. Shelton also discusses the changes that have been made in the play since the original run at the Goodspeed, including the toughening up of Warbucks’s character and the shaving of his head.

Director: Joanna Lu. Taped 3/4/1982.

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Reid Shelton,” 03/04/1982, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_44BBA61A49B84E9DA9202D152911E240.
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APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Reid Shelton. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_44BBA61A49B84E9DA9202D152911E240
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