Arthur Cantor

Press, Manager, Producer

Male

Born: circa. 1920
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Died: April 8, 2001
New York, New York, USA

Broadway producer Arthur Cantor, who put A Thousand Clowns, The Tenth Man and On Golden Pond on the boards, died April 8, 2001, of a heart attack in New York City, his son, David, told The New York Post. Broadway producer Arthur Cantor, who put A Thousand Clowns, The Tenth Man and On Golden Pond on the boards, died April 8 of a heart attack in New York City, his son, David, told The New York Post.

Mr. Cantor was 81 and as recently as last fall his career was celebrated by friends and colleagues at a tribute. On Oct. 23, 2000, Mr. Cantor appeared at a fete in his name at the John Houseman Theatre. The retired producer, general manager and press rep heard testimonials — and some songs — from industry folk.

Mr. Cantor's long career included presenting more than 100 productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London and Paris. Recently, he presented Off-Broadway's Beau Jest, with producer Carol Ostrow. Among his many credits are New York's The Tenth Man, A Thousand Clowns, the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Way Home, Gideon, In Praise of Love with Rex Harrison and Julie Harris, Vivat! Vivat! Regina, Private Lives with Maggie Smith, On Golden Pond, Beau Jest, Greetings! and a revival of I Do! I Do! starring Karen Ziemba and David Garrison.

"He certainly was a mentor of mine when I started in the business 10 years ago," said former actress Carol Ostrow, who continues to be a producer and operates a group sales venture. "I worked as his unpaid assistant, and I wanted to make a place for myself in the business. I listened and I absorbed and I learned and eventually became his partner on A Room of One's Own, Beau Jest and Greetings!"

In 1999, Mr. Cantor also produced a planned pre-Broadway staging of Scent of the Roses with Julie Harris, by Lisette Lecat Ross, in Nyack, NY. A Manhattan run did not materialize, and in the past year Mr. Cantor's health had been failing.

The James Sherman comedy, Beau Jest, about a Jewish woman who hires a gentile actor to play the perfect Jewish boyfriend for her family, ran three years at the Lamb's Theatre in New York. It started at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago and has enjoyed a popular regional life.

"He was the most superb and ingenious [businessman] and generous as far as his knowledge was concerned," Ostrow said last fall. "[His gift] was putting on quality shows for the least amount of money — quality shows."

Ostrow recently produced Berlin to Broadway, a Kurt Weill revue, at The Triad, with partners Laura Heller and Edwin Schloss, who also worked for Mr. Cantor.

Mr. Cantor was born in Boston, MA, in 1920 and graduated Harvard in 1940. For many years he was a press representative of Broadway shows such as The Most Happy Fella and Auntie Mame, and handled press for his own shows. He partnered with Saint Subber to present his first Broadway show, Paddy Chayefsky's The Tenth Man. He worked for legendary producer Billy Rose and ran the Billy Rose Foundation for a time. As a general manager he handled all business aspects of his shows, from contracts to advertising to press.

With Stuart Little, he co-authored "The Playmakers," a study of the Broadway theatre, published in 1970.

— By Kenneth Jones

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Into the Whirlwind Into the Whirlwind
Nov. 15, 1996 - Nov. 16, 1996
General Manager
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    General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Three Sisters The Three Sisters
Nov. 7, 1996 - Nov. 13, 1996
General Manager
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    General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Rowan Atkinson at the Atkinson Rowan Atkinson at the Atkinson
Oct. 14, 1986 - Oct. 18, 1986
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood
Jan. 23, 1986 - Feb. 1, 1986
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Pack of Lies Pack of Lies
Feb. 11, 1985 - May 25, 1985
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare
Jan. 19, 1984 - Feb. 19, 1984
Producer
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Playbill Cover - A Little Family Business A Little Family Business
Dec. 15, 1982 - Dec. 26, 1982
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Hothouse The Hothouse
May 6, 1982 - May 30, 1982
Producer
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Playbill Cover - St. Mark's Gospel St. Mark's Gospel
May 13, 1981 - May 31, 1981
Producer
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    Company Manager
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Playbill Cover - Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens
Jan. 14, 1981 - Feb. 1, 1981
Producer
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    Company Manager
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Playbill Cover - On Golden Pond On Golden Pond
Feb. 28, 1979 - Jun. 16, 1979
Producer
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The Playboy of the Weekend World
Nov. 16, 1978 - Dec. 10, 1978
Producer
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    Company Manager
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St. Mark's Gospel
Oct. 24, 1978 - Nov. 12, 1978
Producer
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    Company Manager
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Playbill Cover - A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Feb. 10, 1977 - Apr. 30, 1977
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Innocents The Innocents
Oct. 21, 1976 - Oct. 30, 1976
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Constant Wife The Constant Wife
Apr. 14, 1975 - May 10, 1975
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Private Lives Private Lives
Feb. 6, 1975 - Apr. 26, 1975
Producer
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Playbill Cover - In Praise of Love In Praise of Love
Dec. 10, 1974 - May 31, 1975
Producer
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42 Seconds from Broadway
Mar. 11, 1973 - Mar. 11, 1973
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Little Black Book The Little Black Book
Apr. 25, 1972 - Apr. 29, 1972
Producer
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    Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Captain Brassbound's Conversion Captain Brassbound's Conversion
Apr. 17, 1972 - Apr. 29, 1972
Press Representative
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Who's Who
    Producer
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Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Promenade, All! Promenade, All!
Apr. 16, 1972 - May 27, 1972
Producer
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Who's Who
    Press Representative
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Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Vivat!  Vivat Regina! Vivat! Vivat Regina!
Jan. 20, 1972 - Apr. 29, 1972
Producer
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    Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Arturo Ui Arturo Ui
Dec. 22, 1968 - Jan. 5, 1969
Press Representative
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The House of Atreus
Dec. 17, 1968 - Jan. 5, 1969
Press Representative
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    Press Representative
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    Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Venetian Twins The Venetian Twins
May 28, 1968 - Jun. 23, 1968
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Darling of the Day Darling of the Day
Jan. 27, 1968 - Feb. 24, 1968
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - By George By George
Oct. 12, 1967 - Oct. 22, 1967
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Of Love Remembered Of Love Remembered
Feb. 18, 1967 - Feb. 25, 1967
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Rose Tattoo The Rose Tattoo
Nov. 9, 1966 - Dec. 31, 1966
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - La Grosse Valise La Grosse Valise
Dec. 14, 1965 - Dec. 18, 1965
Press Representative
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    Associate Producer
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Playbill Cover - Man of La Mancha Man of La Mancha
Nov. 22, 1965 - Jun. 26, 1971
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Committee The Committee
Sep. 16, 1964 - Nov. 7, 1964
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Folies Bergère [1964] Folies Bergère [1964]
Jun. 2, 1964 - Nov. 14, 1964
General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Passion of Josef D. The Passion of Josef D.
Feb. 11, 1964 - Feb. 22, 1964
Producer
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Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The Golden Age The Golden Age
Nov. 18, 1963 - Nov. 23, 1963
Producer
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    Press Representative
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Man in the Moon
Apr. 11, 1963 - Apr. 21, 1963
Producer
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Playbill Cover - A Thousand Clowns A Thousand Clowns
Apr. 5, 1962 - Apr. 13, 1963
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Gideon Gideon
Nov. 9, 1961 - Jun. 2, 1962
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Complaisant Lover The Complaisant Lover
Nov. 1, 1961 - Jan. 27, 1962
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole
Oct. 5, 1961 - Dec. 16, 1961
General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - All the Way Home All the Way Home
Nov. 30, 1960 - Sep. 16, 1961
General Press Representative
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    Produced in Association with
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Playbill Cover - Toys in the Attic Toys in the Attic
Feb. 25, 1960 - Apr. 8, 1961
General Press Representative
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The Long Dream
Feb. 17, 1960 - Feb. 20, 1960
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Fighting Cock The Fighting Cock
Dec. 8, 1959 - Feb. 20, 1960
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Saratoga Saratoga
Dec. 7, 1959 - Feb. 13, 1960
General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Tenth Man The Tenth Man
Nov. 5, 1959 - May 13, 1961
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Girls Against the Boys The Girls Against the Boys
Nov. 2, 1959 - Nov. 14, 1959
General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Miracle Worker The Miracle Worker
Oct. 19, 1959 - Jul. 1, 1961
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Gang's All Here The Gang's All Here
Oct. 1, 1959 - Jan. 23, 1960
General Press Representative
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Davy Jones' Locker
Mar. 28, 1959 - Apr. 11, 1959
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Rivalry The Rivalry
Feb. 7, 1959 - Apr. 18, 1959
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Redhead Redhead
Feb. 5, 1959 - Mar. 19, 1960
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Rashomon Rashomon
Jan. 27, 1959 - Jun. 13, 1959
Press Representative
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The Disenchanted
Dec. 3, 1958 - May 16, 1959
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Shadow of a Gunman The Shadow of a Gunman
Nov. 20, 1958 - Jan. 3, 1959
Press Representative
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Handful of Fire
Oct. 1, 1958 - Oct. 4, 1958
Press Representative
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The Next President
Apr. 9, 1958 - Apr. 19, 1958
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Two for the Seesaw Two for the Seesaw
Jan. 16, 1958 - Oct. 31, 1959
General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Music Man The Music Man
Dec. 19, 1957 - Apr. 15, 1961
General Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Night of the Auk Night of the Auk
Dec. 3, 1956 - Dec. 8, 1956
Press Representative
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A Very Special Baby
Nov. 14, 1956 - Nov. 17, 1956
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Long Day's Journey Into Night Long Day's Journey Into Night
Nov. 7, 1956 - Mar. 29, 1958
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Auntie Mame Auntie Mame
Oct. 31, 1956 - Jun. 28, 1958
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Shangri-La Shangri-La
Jun. 13, 1956 - Jun. 30, 1956
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - The Most Happy Fella The Most Happy Fella
May 3, 1956 - Dec. 14, 1957
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Hazel Flagg Hazel Flagg
Feb. 11, 1953 - Sep. 19, 1953
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Bernardine Bernardine
Oct. 16, 1952 - Feb. 28, 1953
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - In Any Language In Any Language
Oct. 7, 1952 - Nov. 15, 1952
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Caesar and Cleopatra Caesar and Cleopatra
Dec. 19, 1951 - Apr. 12, 1952
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Gigi Gigi
Nov. 24, 1951 - May 31, 1952
Special Promotion
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Playbill Cover - Darkness at Noon Darkness at Noon
Jan. 13, 1951 - Jun. 23, 1951
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Peter Pan Peter Pan
Apr. 24, 1950 - Jan. 27, 1951
Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Caesar and Cleopatra Caesar and Cleopatra
Dec. 21, 1949 - Apr. 29, 1950
Press Representative
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Lost in the Stars
Oct. 30, 1949 - Jul. 1, 1950
Assistant Press Representative
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Playbill Cover - Miss Liberty Miss Liberty
Jul. 15, 1949 - Apr. 8, 1950
Press Assistant
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Playbill Cover - Anne of the Thousand Days Anne of the Thousand Days
Dec. 8, 1948 - Oct. 8, 1949
Press Assistant
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Playbill Cover - Goodbye, My Fancy Goodbye, My Fancy
Nov. 17, 1948 - Dec. 24, 1949
Press Assistant
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1962 Producer of a Play Gideon Nominee
 
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