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George Abbott

George Abbott (director; playwright; born June 25, 1887, Forestville, New York; died January 31, 1995) Without George Abbott, Broadway might have been without those Three Men on a Horse,The Boys From Syracuse, Pal Joey, Brother Rat, that New Girl in Town, those Damn Yankees, Too Many Girls, Fiorello!, Me and Juliet, and Flora, the Red Menace. Theater-goers would have never known The Pajama Game, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. This legendary record has earned him the title, "Dean of Broadway showmen." George Francis Abbott was born on June 25, 1887, in Forestville, NY, and moved shortly after to Salamanca, NY, where his grandparents set up his father in a wholesale tailoring business. Abbott attended Hamburg High School in New York and later went on to the University of Rochester.