Mary Bryant

Press

Female

Born: October 17, 1932
Apopka, Florida, USA

Died: February 22, 2004
Hillsdale, New York, USA

Longtime Broadway press agent Mary Bryant died Feb. 22, 2004, of a brain hemorrhage at her home in Hillsdale, NY, according to colleagues. She had been battling lung cancer since 1999. She was 71 and is remembered for being doggedly protective of her clients (director Harold Prince, among others) and their projects (including all of the Prince shows with Stephen Sondheim, and, in the last 10 years, shows produced by Livent, Inc.).

Mary Elizabeth Bryant was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Apopka, FL, to Theodore and Mabel Bryant. She graduated from the University of Miami where she studied drama.

Ms. Bryant began her career as an actress as a member of the Hedgerow Theatre, in Moylan, Pennsylvania. Upon a recommendation from director George Abbott (they first met when she was in college) she became apprentice to press agents Sol Jacobson and Lewis Harmon.

Ms. Bryant's first Broadway job was as the assistant press agent on George Abbott's Fiorello! in 1959, followed by Toys in the Attic, Tenderloin, Write Me a Murder, Take Her, She's Mine and The Aspern Papers. In 1962 she became a senior press agent opening her own office with Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Abbott (or "Mr. Abbott" as he was known). She went on to represent Mr. Abbott's productions of Never Too Late, Flora, The Red Menace, Anya and Music Is.

With Fiorello!, she began a career-long working relationship with director-producer Harold Prince. Ms. Bryant was the press agent for the original Broadway productions of the Harold Prince-Stephen Sondheim musicals Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along.

She also represent director Prince's productions of She Loves Me, It's A Bird…It's a Plane…It’s Superman, Cabaret, Zorba, The Visit, Love for Love, On the Twentieth Century, Evita, A Doll's Life, End Of The World, Grind, Roza, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Show Boat and Candide.

In the last decade, since 1992, Ms. Bryant became the New York based publicist for Canadian impresario Garth Drabinsky's Livent, Inc., where she also represented Barrymore, Ragtime and Fosse. Some of the other 50 Broadway productions she represented include Side by Side by Sondheim, The Member of the Wedding, The Rules of the Game, Holiday, Chemin de Fer, All the Girls Came Out to Play, Abelard and Heloise, Grin and Bare It!, Postcards and Poor Bitos.

Ms. Bryant is survived by her mother, Mabel Decker. A private ceremony will be held in Miami.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Fosse Fosse
Jan. 14, 1999 - Aug. 25, 2001
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Ragtime Ragtime
Jan. 18, 1998 - Jan. 16, 2000
New York Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Candide Candide
Apr. 29, 1997 - Jul. 27, 1997
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Barrymore Barrymore
Mar. 25, 1997 - Nov. 2, 1997
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Show Boat Show Boat
Oct. 2, 1994 - Jan. 5, 1997
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Kiss of the Spider Woman Kiss of the Spider Woman
May 3, 1993 - Jul. 1, 1995
General Press Representative (US)
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Roza Roza
Oct. 1, 1987 - Oct. 11, 1987
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Grind Grind
Apr. 16, 1985 - Jun. 22, 1985
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - End of the World End of the World
May 6, 1984 - Jun. 2, 1984
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Doll's Life A Doll's Life
Sep. 23, 1982 - Sep. 26, 1982
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Merrily We Roll Along Merrily We Roll Along
Nov. 16, 1981 - Nov. 28, 1981
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Evita Evita
Sep. 25, 1979 - Jun. 26, 1983
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
Mar. 1, 1979 - Jun. 29, 1980
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - On the Twentieth Century On the Twentieth Century
Feb. 19, 1978 - Mar. 18, 1979
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Side by Side by Sondheim Side by Side by Sondheim
Apr. 18, 1977 - Mar. 19, 1978
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Music Is Music Is
Dec. 20, 1976 - Dec. 26, 1976
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Pacific Overtures Pacific Overtures
Jan. 11, 1976 - Jun. 27, 1976
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Member of the Wedding The Member of the Wedding
Jan. 2, 1975 - Jan. 11, 1975
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Rules of the Game The Rules of the Game
Dec. 12, 1974 - Dec. 21, 1974
Press
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Love for Love Love for Love
Nov. 11, 1974 - Nov. 30, 1974
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Holiday Holiday
Dec. 26, 1973 - Feb. 16, 1974
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Chemin de Fer Chemin de Fer
Nov. 26, 1973 - Feb. 16, 1974
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Visit The Visit
Nov. 25, 1973 - Feb. 16, 1974
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Little Night Music A Little Night Music
Feb. 25, 1973 - Aug. 3, 1974
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - All the Girls Came Out to Play All the Girls Came Out to Play
Apr. 20, 1972 - Apr. 22, 1972
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Follies Follies
Apr. 4, 1971 - Jul. 1, 1972
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Abelard and Heloise Abelard and Heloise
Mar. 10, 1971 - Apr. 24, 1971
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Company Company
Apr. 26, 1970 - Jan. 1, 1972
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Grin and Bare It! / Postcards Grin and Bare It! / Postcards
Mar. 16, 1970 - Mar. 28, 1970
Press Representative
(Original)
 
    Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Angela Angela
Oct. 30, 1969 - Nov. 1, 1969
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Zorba Zorba
Nov. 16, 1968 - Aug. 9, 1969
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Hair Hair
Apr. 29, 1968 - Jul. 2, 1972
Press Representative
(Replacement)
 
Tonight at 8:30
May 3, 1967 - May 13, 1967
Press Representative
(Original)
 
    Press Representative
(Original)
 
    Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Touch of the Poet A Touch of the Poet
May 2, 1967 - May 13, 1967
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Imaginary Invalid The Imaginary Invalid
May 1, 1967 - May 13, 1967
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Agatha Sue, I Love You Agatha Sue, I Love You
Dec. 14, 1966 - Dec. 17, 1966
General Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Nov. 20, 1966 - Sep. 6, 1969
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
Mar. 29, 1966 - Jul. 16, 1966
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Anya Anya
Nov. 29, 1965 - Dec. 11, 1965
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Mating Dance Mating Dance
Nov. 3, 1965 - Nov. 3, 1965
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Flora, the Red Menace Flora, the Red Menace
May 11, 1965 - Jul. 24, 1965
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Poor Bitos Poor Bitos
Nov. 14, 1964 - Nov. 28, 1964
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - She Loves Me She Loves Me
Apr. 23, 1963 - Jan. 11, 1964
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Never Too Late Never Too Late
Nov. 27, 1962 - Apr. 24, 1965
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
May 8, 1962 - Aug. 29, 1964
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Aspern Papers The Aspern Papers
Feb. 7, 1962 - Apr. 28, 1962
Assistant Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Take Her, She's Mine Take Her, She's Mine
Dec. 21, 1961 - Dec. 8, 1962
Assistant Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Write Me a Murder Write Me a Murder
Oct. 26, 1961 - Apr. 14, 1962
Assistant Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Tenderloin Tenderloin
Oct. 17, 1960 - Apr. 23, 1961
Assistant Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - West Side Story West Side Story
Apr. 27, 1960 - Dec. 10, 1960
Press Representative
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fiorello! Fiorello!
Nov. 23, 1959 - Oct. 28, 1961
Assistant Press Representative
(Original)
 
 
 
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