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Selden, Albert



  • Existence: 1922 - 1987

Albert Wiggin Selden was born in 1922 in New York City, and graduated from Yale University in 1943. During World War II he served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was an investor in and composer and producer of Broadway and regional theater productions, beginning with the show Small Wonder in 1948. Other productions with which he was associated include A Month of Sundays (1951), The Grey Eyed People (1952), The Amazing Adele (1955), The Body Beautiful (1958), The Girls Against the Boys (1959), Man of La Mancha (1965), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and Irene (1974). Selden was instrumental in the restoration of the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, and served as its managing director when the theater reopened in 1963. He co-produced the world premiere of Man of La Mancha at the Goodspeed in 1965. The production went on to open on Broadway where it won multiple Tony Awards including best musical of 1966. In 1968 he won the Tony Award for best producer of a musical, Hallelujah, Baby!, which also won the best musical award. Selden died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1987.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Albert Selden papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 866
Scope and Contents: The collection consists of material documenting Albert Selden's career as a composer and producer of musical and dramatic theater productions including typescript and manuscript playscripts and music scores by Selden and others; scrapbooks containing photographs, clippings and memorabilia relating to Selden's family and his theatrical career including Man of La Mancha and the Goodspeed Opera House; production window cards and programs; and published songbooks and...
Dates: 1922-1983