Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00571 - Alan Lund Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00571

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Alan Lund Papers

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  • 1960-1989 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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7 boxes and items (3 metres)

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(1925-1992)

Biographical history

Alan Lund was one of the great men of Canadian theatre. He set the standard for excellence for Canadian musicals for almost 50 years, dating back to the WWII revue Meet the Navy. Alan and his wife, Blanche, pioneered the Canadian variety television industry, choreographing and appearing in Showtime, Mr. Showbiz, Parade, Hit Parade and Big Revue. The couple was Canada’s best-known dance team in the late 40’s and 50’s, and appeared in such London West End hits as Piccadilly Hayride, Fancy Free and Irene. It was Alan Lund who choreographed the famous CNE [Canadian National Exhibition] Grandstand shows, and who staged and choreographed the first professional company of Canada’s musical dance theatre, Les Feux Follets. Over his multifaceted career, he directed productions ranging from musicals to television, and from industrial shows to Stratford offerings. He died on Canada Day, 1992.

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Gift of Blanche Lund, 2009

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Collection scripts, music and film of productions by Alan Lund, primarily at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, the Stratford Festival and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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  • English

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