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Fearnley, John

(1914-1994)

John Fearnley served as casting director from 1945 to 1955 for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, where he worked on the original Broadway productions of such musicals as CAROUSEL, ALLEGRO, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, ME AND JULIET, PIPE DREAM and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.

The plays he worked on include HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE HAPPY TIME, JOHN LOVES MARY and BURNING BRIGHT.  Fearnley also cast the movie version of OKLAHOMA!.

He directed more than 20 musicals for the New York City Civic Light Opera including OKLAHOMA!, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, BRIGADOON, which garnered a 1962 Tony nomination for best director, PORGY AND BESS and KISS ME, KATE.

He directed numerous productions for the Jones Beach Marine Theater, as well as the 1981 London revival of THE SOUND OF MUSIC with Petula Clark. Prior to its Broadway run, he directed the 1976 revival of THE KING AND I starring Yul Brynner and Constance Towers.

His writing credits include a stage adaptation of the Frank Loesser movie musical HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, a revival of LA BELLE HELENE, RODGERS & HART: A CELEBRATION, PARIS '31 and THE CHILD.

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