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date: 07 December 2019

Stevens, Roger (Lacey )locked

  • Katherine K. Preston
  • , revised by Jonas Westover

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(Lacey )

(b Detroit, MI, March 12, 1910; d Washington, DC, Feb 2, 1998). American producer, director, and fund-raiser. He was educated at Choate School and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1928–30). He provided funding for his first Broadway production in 1949 (Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night), made possible from his lucrative real estate investments; important shows like West Side Story (1958) and Pippin (1972) followed. In 1961 he was appointed chairman of a national cultural center that Congress had proposed but not funded in 1958. Stevens’s spectacularly efforts at fund-raising led to the eventual realization of plans for the center, which opened in 1971 as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As chairman of the board of the Kennedy Center, he attracted both domestic and foreign support and guided the center’s programming in dance, theater, and music. He also served as special assistant on the arts to President Johnson (...

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