Stage Door


February 16 & 17, 1939


Majestic Theatre


“Stage Door” tells the story of a group of young girls who have come to New York to study acting and find jobs. In Mrs. Orcutt’s boarding house, where the hopes and ambitions of sixteen young women are revealed in scenes of entertaining comedy. Contrasted with this are the curses of the girl without talent, and an elderly actress whose days are over. The central plot has to do with the courageous Terry Randall, who fights discouragement to a position in the theatre where we are sure she will conquer. One of her fellow aspirants gives up in despair, one gets married, and one goes into pictures in Hollywood, but Terry with the help of idealistic David Kingsley, stays with the stage and its successes.

Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlighy
Authors: Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman

Historian’s Corner

“Stage Door” had a cast of 32 actors of which 21 were women. In the audition notice, ladies of all sizes and shapes were encouraged to audition.