John Murray Anderson

John Murray Anderson, theatrical entrepreneur, director, author, lyricist (b at St John's 20 Sept 1886; d at New York 30 Jan 1954).

Anderson, John Murray

John Murray Anderson, theatrical entrepreneur, director, author, lyricist (b at St John's 20 Sept 1886; d at New York 30 Jan 1954). Known as "Uncle Broadway" and "the King of Revues," he produced and staged 34 major musical comedies and revues (29 on Broadway, 5 in the West End), 7 circuses for Ringling Bros, 4 Aquacades for Billy Rose, 11 pageants, 61 movie-house stage shows and 24 elaborate nightclub shows.

He immigrated to the US in 1910 and began in New York as a ballroom dancer, marrying his partner Genevieve Lyon in 1914. His first Broadway success, The Greenwich Village Follies (1919), pioneered a genre of productions noted for their artistry and sophistication.