Joshua Lockwood Logan  ~  5 October 1908 – 12 July 1988

(from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/stars/logan_j.html)

A director, producer, actor, and author, Joshua Logan had more Broadway hits than almost anyone else. In the late 1940s Logan directed and co-authored two of Broadway’s most popular productions — MISTER ROBERTS, written with Thomas Heggen, and SOUTH PACIFIC, for which he shared a Pulitzer Prize in drama with RichardRodgers and OscarHammerstein. His many other director’s credits include the Broadway shows ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG and the films BUS STOP and CAMELOT. Logan worked in theater and film throughout his career, showing talent from the time he was a young student at Princeton University. He acted on stage before achieving his first major success as a director with I MARRIED AN ANGEL, in 1938; he also produced several shows. For many years Logan struggled with manic-depressive illness, and late in life he toured the country to offer encouragement to fellow sufferers. In addition to plays, his writings include the screen adaptation of MISTER ROBERTS; its sequel, ENSIGN PULVER; and the autobiographies JOSH: MY UP AND DOWN, IN AND OUT LIFE and MOVIE STARS, REAL PEOPLE, AND ME.

In his first book of memoirs, JOSH: MY UP AND DOWN, IN AND OUT LIFE, Logan “re-creates an era that has almost entirely disappeared — a time when New York was the center of America’s theatrical universe and a nude male torso on a Broadway stage was a subject of controversy,” John Houseman commented.

In the book he discussed his associations with such theatrical giants as Margaret Sullavan, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, William Inge, David Merrick, Oscar Hammerstein, RichardRodgers, Mary Martin, Helen Hayes, and Ethel Merman. Also included is a reminiscence of the great master of the theater, Stanislavsky, under whom Logan studied in Russia after graduating from Princeton. Logan was also extremely candid in discussing the two nervous breakdowns that were linked to his career.

MOVIE STARS, REAL PEOPLE, AND ME begins where the first book left off, and covers Logan’s 1956 direction of the film, PICNIC, to the time of the memoir’s publication, although not chronologically. Seymour Peck declared in his review of the book: “In many, short, fast, intense chapters, Mr. Logan plunges ahead, as if he were pacing one of his smash hits or urging an EthelMerman to sing louder. Much of it is gossipy and inconsequential; much of it is funny and bawdy; much of it is impassioned and illuminating. Mr. Logan’s emotions are usually at high pitch and catch the reader up. The pages whizz by.”

When director John Ford became sick, Logan reluctantly returned to Hollywood to complete the filming of Mister Roberts (1955). Logan’s other hit films includedPicnic (1955), Bus Stop (1956), Sayonara (1957), and South Pacific (1958). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Directing for Picnic and Sayonara.

His later Broadway musicals All-American (1962) and Mr. President (1962) and the films of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot (1967), and Paint Your Wagon (1969) were less well received. Logan’s 1976 autobiography Josh: My Up-and-Down, In-and-Out Life talks frankly about his bipolar disorder. He appeared with his wife in the 1977 nightclub revue Musical Moments, featuring Logan’s most popular Broadway numbers. He published Movie Stars, Real People, and Me in 1978. From 1983-1986, he taught theater at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He was also responsible for bringing Carol Channing to Broadway in Lend an Ear!.

Logan was married briefly (1939–1940) to actress Barbara O’Neil. After the divorce, he was married to Nedda Harrigan from 1945 until his death from supranuclear palsy in New York City in 1988.

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JOSHUA LOGAN AWARDS

  • 1962 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical  All American [nominee]
  • 1959 Tony Award® Best Play  Epitaph for George Dillon [nominee] Produced by Joshua Logan
  • 1953 Tony Award® Director  Picnic [winner]
  • 1950 Tony Award® Best Director  South Pacific [winner]
  • 1950 Tony Award® Best Musical  South Pacific [winner]  Book by Joshua Logan
  • 1950 Tony Award® Best Musical  South Pacific [winner]  Produced in association with Joshua Logan
  • 1950 Tony Award® Libretto  South Pacific [winner]
  • 1950 Tony Award® Producer (Musical)  South Pacific [winner]
  • 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama  South Pacific [winner]
  • 1948 Tony Award® Author  Mister Roberts [winner]
  • 1948 Tony Award® Best Direction  Mister Roberts [winner]
  • 1948 Tony Award® Best Play  Mister Roberts [winner]  Written by Joshua Logan

JOSHUA LOGAN:  BROADWAY STAGE PRODUCTIONS

South Pacific [Revival, Musical, Drama]

  • Book by Joshua Logan
  • Originally directed by Joshua Logan

Horowitz and Mrs. Washington [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Trick [Original, Play, Comedy, Thriller]

  • Produced by Joshua Logan

Look to the Lilies [Original, Musical]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Ready When You Are, C.B.! [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright [Original, Play, Drama]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Mr. President [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

All American [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

There Was a Little Girl [Original, Play]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Epitaph for George Dillon [Original, Play, Drama]

  • Produced by Joshua Logan

The World of Suzie Wong [Original, Play, Drama]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Blue Denim [Original, Play, Drama]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Middle of the Night [Original, Play]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Produced by Joshua Logan

South Pacific [Revival, Musical, Drama]

  • Libretto by Joshua Logan

The Wisteria Trees [Revival, Play, Drama]

  • Written by Joshua Logan

Fanny [Original, Musical]

  • Produced by Joshua Logan
  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Book by Joshua Logan

Kind Sir [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Produced by Joshua Logan
  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Picnic [Original, Play]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Produced by Joshua Logan

Wish You Were Here [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Produced by Joshua Logan
  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Book by Joshua Logan
  • Dances by Joshua Logan

The Wisteria Trees [Original, Play, Drama]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Produced by Joshua Logan
  • Written by Joshua Logan

South Pacific [Original, Musical, Drama]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Produced in association with Joshua Logan
  • Book by Joshua Logan
  • Musical Staging by Joshua Logan

Mister Roberts [Original, Play]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Written by Joshua Logan

John Loves Mary [Original, Play, Comedy, Farce]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Produced in association with Joshua Logan

Happy Birthday [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

Annie Get Your Gun [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

This Is the Army [Original, Musical, Revue]

  • Additional direction by: Joshua Logan

By Jupiter [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Charley’s Aunt [Revival, Play, Comedy, Farce]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Higher and Higher [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Book by Joshua Logan

Higher and Higher [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Book by Joshua Logan

Two For The Show [Original, Musical, Revue]

  • Sketches directed by Joshua Logan

Morning’s at Seven [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Stars In Your Eyes [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Knickerbocker Holiday [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan
  • Staged by Joshua Logan

I Married an Angel [Original, Musical, Comedy]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

On Borrowed Time [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Directed by Joshua Logan

A Room in Red and White [Original, Play, Drama]

  • Performer: Joshua Logan [Robert Humphreys]

Hell Freezes Over [Original, Play, Tragedy]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

Most of the Game [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Stage Manager: Joshua Logan
  • Performer: Joshua Logan [A Waiter]

To See Ourselves [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Produced by Joshua Logan
  • Staged by Joshua Logan

It’s You I Want [Original, Play, Farce]

  • Staged by Joshua Logan

I Was Waiting for You [Original, Play, Comedy]

  • Performer: Joshua Logan [Edouard]

Carry Nation [Original, Play]

  • Performer: Joshua Logan [Mart Strong]

 

JOSHUA LOGAN:  MOTION PICTURE DIRECTION

 Paint Your Wagon

 Camelot

 Ensign Pulver

 Fanny

 Tall Story

 South Pacific

 Sayonara

 Bus Stop

 Picnic

 Mister Roberts (uncredited)

 I Met My Love Again

 

JOSHUA LOGAN:  MOTION PICTURE WRITING

 Live from Lincoln Center (TV series) – South Pacific

 Great Performances (TV series) – ‘South Pacific’ in Concert from Carnegie Hall

 South Pacific (TV movie)

 Mister Roberts (TV movie)

 Ensign Pulver (based on a play by / screenplay)

 Fanny

 South Pacific (adapted from the play “South Pacific”)

 Mister Roberts (based on the play by / screenplay)

 Tonight on Broadway (TV series) – Mister Roberts (1948)

 Higher and Higher (book of musical play)

 

JOSHUA LOGAN:  MOTION PICTURE MISCELLANEOUS CREDITS

 Mister Roberts (TV movie) (consultant)

 Fanny (production: produced on the stage by: Based upon the play “Fanny”)

 The World of Suzie Wong (original stage director)

 Middle of the Night (stage director)

 Indiscreet (“Kind Sir” was produced on the stage by)

 South Pacific (originally produced on the stage by)

 Picnic (produced on the stage by)

 Suez (diction coach: Annabella – uncredited)

 History Is Made at Night (dialogue director – uncredited)

 The Garden of Allah (dialogue director – uncredited)

 

JOSHUA LOGAN:  MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTIONS

 Ensign Pulver (producer)

 Fanny (producer)

 Tall Story (producer)

JOSHUA LOGAN TELEVISION & MOTION PICTURE

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (documentary)  Himself – Interviewed Director

Josh, the Logan Legend (documentary) Himself

Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music (TV documentary) Himself

One on One (TV series) Himself – Guest

– Joshua Logan: Part 2 (1983) … Himself – Guest
– Joshua Logan: Part 1 (1983) … Himself – Guest

The Rebels: Marlon Brando (video documentary)  Himself

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV special)  Himself

The Merv Griffin Show (TV series) Himself

– Episode dated 6 January 1978 (1978) … Himself
– Episode dated 23 August 1976 (1976) … Himself

The David Frost Show (TV series) Himself

– Episode #2.41 (1969) … Himself

Cinema (TV series documentary)  Himself

– Joshua Logan (1967) … Himself

Main Street to Broadway  Himself

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