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Alfred Drake

Alfredo Capurro

Stage/Film/TV Actor, Singer

(1914 - 1992)

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Alfred Drake is considered by many a musical theater legend. He had his share of flops, but his stage presence and lyrical tenor defined many of the roles he originated on Broadway, although he never reprised any of them in subsequent films.

Drake began his stage career in 1935 and by 1937 introduced the title song in Babes in Arms. In 1940 he and Frances Comstock introduced “How High the Moon,” which would enter the jazz standards repertoire, in Two for the Show. He starred as Curly in the ground-breaking musical Oklahoma (1943), opening the show with “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.” He triumphed in Kiss Me, Kate (1948) and won three awards, including a Tony, for his role in Kismet (1955).

His last musical was a less than successful stage adaptation of Gigi (1973) after which he turned to Shakespearean drama, winning recognition in the role of Claudius opposite Richard Burton’s Hamlet (1964). He played his last stage role in The Skin of Our Teeth (1975). In 1990 he received a Tony recognizing his lifetime achievements.

- Sandra Burlingame


Oklahoma! (Original 1943 Broadway Cast)

Celeste Holm, Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Howard Da Silva



Kean (1961 Original Broadway Cast)

George Forrest, Robert Wright, Alfred Drake



Kismet (1953 Original Broadway Cast)

George Forrest, Robert Wright, Alfred Drake, Richard Kiley, Joan Diener, Doretta Morrow



Gigi: The Original Broadway Cast Recording

Maria Karnilova, Daniel Massey, Alfred Drake, Agnes Moorehead, Karin Wolfe



Kiss Me, Kate (1948 Original Broadway Cast)

Alfred Drake, Annabelle Hill, Lisa Kirk, Patricia Morison, Edwin Clay, Fred Davis, Harold Lang, Harry Clark



The Adventures of Marco Polo

Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Paul Ukena, Ray Drakeley



Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night (Original Broadway Cast)

Robert Wright, George Forrest
Reading and Viewing

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Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake

Hamlet (1964)

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Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Alfred Drake (as President of Exchange)

Trading Places (1983)

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Patrice Munsel, Alfred Drake, John Conte, Gale Sherwood, Don Driver

Victor Herbert - Naughty Marietta

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