Broadhurst, George H.

Broadhurst, George H.
   Born in London, George Howells Broadhurst (not to be confused with tramp comedian George Broadhurst, who died in 1937) became a prominent playwright and manager. He began as treasurer of Baltimore's Academy of Music, which was then under the direction of his brother Thomas W. Broadhurst (1858-1936). After managing theatres in Milwaukee and San Francisco, Broadhurst turned to writing plays that combined venerable melodramatic devices with more modern idea content. Particularly popular among his nearly 30 plays were What Happened to Jones (1897), Why Smith Left Home (1899), The Man of the Hour (1906), and Bought and Paid For (1911). He married playwright Lillian Trimble Bradley. The theatre named after him on West 44th Street in New York was built by the Shuberts in 1917, and Broadhurst comanaged it for a time.

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