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Samuel J. Friedman

Press, Advertising, Promotions
( b. circa 1912 - circa 1974 ) Male
Born and raised in New York City, Samuel J. Friedman was a pioneer in theatrical publicity. Legendary for his stunts, personality, and press agency, Mr. Friedman began his career in 1937 at The Shubert Organization on the Cole Porter musical “ You’ll Never Know,” starring Clifton Webb, Libby Holman and Lupe Velez. In the early 1950’s, he opened National Press Agents with partner Bill Doll and at various times served as Vice President of Arthur P. Jacobs Co., Inc. and a Vice President of publicity for United Artists Motion Picture and Billy Rose Enterprises. He was a lifetime member and officer of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers.

Along the way he worked with such legendary performers as Gypsy Rose Lee (Star and Garter, 1942), Montgomery Clift (The Searching Wing, 1944), Billy Rose (Diamond Horseshoe, 1946), Josephine Baker (Paris Company, 1952), Lotte Lenya (The Threepenny Opera, 1954), Jerry Orbach (The Threepenny Opera, 1955), Shirley Booth (Miss Isobel, 1957), Peter Ustinov (Romanoff and Juliet, 1957), Jackie Gleason (Take Me Along, 1959), Roddy McDowall (Compulsion, 1959), Jon Voight (That Summer, That Fall, 1967), Tammy Grimes (The Only Game in Town, 1968), Claire Bloom (Hedda Gabler, 1971), Victor Borge and Marcel Marceau.

Friedman handled the publicity for the national tour of “What a Life” in 1939, following its world premiere at the Biltmore in 1938. In addition, he did the publicity for the original productions of such Broadway and Off-Broadway classics as “Finian’s Rainbow” (1947), “Waiting for Godot” (with an all black cast in 1957), “A Moon for the Misbegotten” (1957), “Les Ballets Africains” (1959), Genet’s “The Blacks” (1961), “Golden Boy” (1964), “The Subject was Roses” (1965), “Oh! Calcutta!” (1969), “The Rothschilds” (1970) and “The Me Nobody Knows” (1970).

While his one true love was theatre, Friedman also promoted such notable films as “Moulin Rouge,” “The Ten Commandments,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and “West Side Story”; Sol Hurok’s “Holiday on Ice,” and the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Source: Broadwayworld.com



Productions Date of Productions
An Evening With Richard Nixon and...
[Play, Satire, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Apr 30, 1972 - May 13, 1972
That's Entertainment
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Apr 14, 1972 - Apr 16, 1972
Hedda Gabler
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Feb 17, 1971 - Jun 19, 1971
A Doll's House
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Jan 13, 1971 - Jun 26, 1971
The Me Nobody Knows
[Musical, Original]
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Dec 18, 1970 - Nov 14, 1971
The Rothschilds
[Musical, Original]
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Oct 19, 1970 - Jan 01, 1972
Oh! Calcutta!
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Press Associate: Samuel J. Friedman
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
    • - Replacement
Jun 17, 1969 - Aug 12, 1972
The Only Game in Town
[Play, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
May 20, 1968 - Jun 01, 1968
That Summer - That Fall
[Play, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Mar 16, 1967 - Mar 25, 1967
Fair Game for Lovers
[Play, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Feb 10, 1964 - Feb 15, 1964
Pajama Tops
[Play, Revival]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
May 31, 1963 - Jul 13, 1963
Take Me Along
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
    • - Replacement
Oct 22, 1959 - Dec 17, 1960
Billy Barnes Revue
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Aug 04, 1959 - Oct 17, 1959
Les Ballets Africains
[Special, Dance, Ballet, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Feb 16, 1959 - Mar 28, 1959
Miss Isobel
[Play, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Dec 26, 1957 - Feb 08, 1958
Rumple
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Nov 06, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957
Compulsion
[Play, Original]
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Oct 24, 1957 - Feb 22, 1958
The Cave Dwellers
[Play, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Oct 19, 1957 - Jan 11, 1958
Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove
[Play, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Oct 08, 1956 - Oct 09, 1956
Champagne Complex
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Apr 12, 1955 - Apr 30, 1955
The Golden Apple
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Apr 20, 1954 - Aug 07, 1954
Be Your Age
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Jan 14, 1953 - Jan 17, 1953
Two's Company
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Publicity Director: Samuel J. Friedman
Dec 15, 1952 - Mar 08, 1953
Diamond Lil
[Play, Comedy, Melodrama, Revival]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Sep 14, 1951 - Nov 10, 1951
Pardon Our French
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Oct 05, 1950 - Jan 06, 1951
At War With the Army
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
    • - Replacement
Mar 08, 1949 - Jul 16, 1949
Jenny Kissed Me
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Dec 23, 1948 - Jan 08, 1949
Lend an Ear
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Dec 16, 1948 - Jan 21, 1950
The Play's the Thing
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Apr 28, 1948 - Dec 18, 1948
Joy to the World
[Play, Original]
  • Publicity: Samuel J. Friedman
Mar 18, 1948 - Jul 03, 1948
Finian's Rainbow
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Jan 10, 1947 - Oct 02, 1948
Trio
[Play, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Dec 29, 1944 - Feb 24, 1945
Down to Miami
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Sep 11, 1944 - Sep 16, 1944
The Searching Wind
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Apr 12, 1944 - Jan 20, 1945
Star and Garter
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Company Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman
Jun 24, 1942 - Dec 04, 1943
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