William Dodds

Stage Manager

Also known as: Bill Dodds

Male

Born: May 24, 1922

Died: November 1, 2013

Obituary: William Dodds, a veteran stage manager with dozens of Broadway credits, died Nov. 1 in his sleep. He was 91.

From 1957-1991, Mr. Dodds—who was known as Bill to all who knew him—stage-managed 39 Broadway shows, including such notable productions as Dylan, Little Me, The Great White Hope and Dracula.

Born May 24, 1922, Mr. Dodds was a founding member of the Stage Managers’ Association and was part of the group that first saw stage managers join Actors’ Equity.

His first Broadway show was the 1957 Ronald Alexander comedy Holiday for Lovers. From then on, he worked on a mix of plays, musicals and revivals. Other credits included Miss Lonelyhearts, Look After Lulu, Five Finger Exercise, Write Me a Murder, Ben Franklin in Paris, Pickwick, Happily Ever After, The Star-Spangled Girl, Henry, Sweet Henry, Here's Where I Belong, The Engagement Baby, Dance of Death, Night Watch, Via Galactica, Smith, Full Circle, Saturday Sunday Monday, A Musical Jubilee, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, A Texas Trilogy, Caesar and Cleopatra, Carmelina, Night and Day, Mass Appeal, On Your Toes, Leader of the Pack, The Petition, Into the Light and Orpheus Descending.

He took over stage managing duties on two hits, The Elephant Man and Six Degrees of Separation. His last Broadway credit was The Speed of Darkness in 1991.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no memorial or funeral service. Instead, he asked that donations be made in his memory to The Actor’s Fund.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The Speed of Darkness The Speed of Darkness
Feb. 28, 1991 - Mar. 30, 1991
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Six Degrees of Separation Six Degrees of Separation
Nov. 8, 1990 - Jan. 5, 1992
Production Stage Manager
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Orpheus Descending Orpheus Descending
Sep. 24, 1989 - Dec. 17, 1989
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Into the Light Into the Light
Oct. 22, 1986 - Oct. 26, 1986
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Petition The Petition
Apr. 24, 1986 - Jun. 29, 1986
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Leader of the Pack Leader of the Pack
Apr. 8, 1985 - Jul. 21, 1985
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - On Your Toes On Your Toes
Mar. 6, 1983 - May 20, 1984
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Mass Appeal Mass Appeal
Nov. 12, 1981 - May 16, 1982
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Night and Day Night and Day
Nov. 27, 1979 - Feb. 16, 1980
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Elephant Man The Elephant Man
Apr. 19, 1979 - Jun. 28, 1981
Production Stage Manager
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - Carmelina Carmelina
Apr. 8, 1979 - Apr. 21, 1979
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Dracula Dracula
Oct. 20, 1977 - Jan. 6, 1980
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Caesar and Cleopatra Caesar and Cleopatra
Feb. 24, 1977 - Mar. 5, 1977
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
A Texas Trilogy
Sep. 23, 1976 - Oct. 29, 1976
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
    Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
    Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
May 4, 1976 - May 8, 1976
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Musical Jubilee A Musical Jubilee
Nov. 13, 1975 - Feb. 1, 1976
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Saturday, Sunday, Monday Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Nov. 21, 1974 - Nov. 30, 1974
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Full Circle Full Circle
Nov. 7, 1973 - Nov. 24, 1973
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Smith Smith
May 19, 1973 - Jun. 3, 1973
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Via Galactica Via Galactica
Nov. 28, 1972 - Dec. 2, 1972
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Night Watch Night Watch
Feb. 28, 1972 - Jun. 10, 1972
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Dance of Death Dance of Death
Apr. 28, 1971 - May 1, 1971
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Great White Hope The Great White Hope
Oct. 3, 1968 - Jan. 31, 1970
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Here's Where I Belong Here's Where I Belong
Mar. 3, 1968 - Mar. 3, 1968
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Henry, Sweet Henry Henry, Sweet Henry
Oct. 23, 1967 - Dec. 31, 1967
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Star-Spangled Girl The Star-Spangled Girl
Dec. 21, 1966 - Aug. 5, 1967
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Happily Never After Happily Never After
Mar. 10, 1966 - Mar. 12, 1966
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Pickwick Pickwick
Oct. 4, 1965 - Nov. 18, 1965
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Ben Franklin in Paris Ben Franklin in Paris
Oct. 27, 1964 - May 1, 1965
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Dylan Dylan
Jan. 18, 1964 - Sep. 12, 1964
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Little Me Little Me
Nov. 17, 1962 - Jun. 29, 1963
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Write Me a Murder Write Me a Murder
Oct. 26, 1961 - Apr. 14, 1962
Production Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Five Finger Exercise Five Finger Exercise
Dec. 2, 1959 - Oct. 1, 1960
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Look After Lulu Look After Lulu
Mar. 3, 1959 - Apr. 4, 1959
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Miss Lonelyhearts Miss Lonelyhearts
Oct. 3, 1957 - Oct. 12, 1957
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Holiday for Lovers Holiday for Lovers
Feb. 14, 1957 - May 11, 1957
Stage Manager
(Original)
 
 
 
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