Newley, Anthony (1931-1999)
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The Anthony Newley collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, professional material, printed materials, audio recordings, film and video, personal memorabilia, and other items.

The bulk of the collection pertains to musicals (some of which were filmed and/or televised) which Newley wrote and/or performed in. The material includes script drafts, song lyrics, sketches for stage sets and set models, box office reports, budgets, casting notes, publicity items, musical scores, and other items.

 Titles include Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, written with Leslie Bricusse (1961); To Ride a Pink Pig (ca. 1964); The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, written with Leslie Bricusse (1965); Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969); Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, written with Leslie Bricusse (1971); The Good Old Bad Old Days (1972); Quilp! also called The Old Curiosity Shop (1973-1975); Peter Pan (1975); Chaplin (1982); Scrooge (1980s); Richard III - The Musical (1980s); Once Upon a Song ; and other projects.

The scores for the musical projects make up a large part of the collection; over two hundred songs are included in the papers. Many scores exist in various drafts and sketch forms as well as the final printed versions.

Newley’s early acting career is reflected in the manuscripts for screenplays in the collection. These include Cockleshell Heroes, by Bryan Forbes and Richard Maibaum (1955); Port Afrique, by John Cresswell and Frank Partos (1956); X the Unknown, by Jimmy Sangster (1956); Fire Down Below, by Irwin Shaw (1957); No Time to Die, by Richard Maibaum and Terence Young (1958); The Man Inside, by John Gilling, Richard Maibaum, and David Shaw (1958); The Bandit of Zhobe, by John Gilling (1959); In the Nick, by Ken Hughes (1959); Lady in Waiting (1959); Doctor Dolittle, by Leslie Bricusse (1967); and Summertree, directed by Newley, written by Edward Hume and Stephen Yafa (1971).

Also present in the collection is a screenplay titled Boy on the Wall, written by Newley and Bricusse but never produced (1961); and material for It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (non-musical film starring Newley, written by David Main, 1975; features John Candy's first screen performance). Additional screenplays in the collection (both unproduced) consist of Evolutions, by Bruce Feldman; and Napoleon and Josephine, by Gavin Lambert.

Manuscripts for teleplays in the collection include The Steve Lawrence Show (Nov. 1965); Have I Got a Show For You (1965-1966); The Andy Williams Show (1966); “The Song and Dance Man,” episode of the Bell Telephone Hour (Jan. 16, 1966); The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (April 1969); The New Bill Cosby Show (1972); The Carol Burnett Show (Dec. 1972); The Anthony Newley Show; The Johnnie Darling Show ; and The Petula Clark Story (narrated by Newley).

Manuscripts for radio shows include approximately twenty scripts from the programs Gurney Slade, Askey Galore, and The Floggits .

Correspondence in the collection is extensive, and includes numerous personal and professional letters.

Personal letters in the collection consist of correspondence between Newley and his friends, family, and various associates. These items date from the early 1930’s to the 1990’s, and include drafts of letters, copies of dictated letters, carbon copies of Newley’s responses to letters from others, and financial material. Several letters to and from Joan Collins (Newley’s third wife) are present, mainly from the 1960s and 1970s; Leslie Bricusse is also well-represented.

The professional correspondence covers various subjects, especially The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd . Notable correspondents in the collection – primarily from the fields of theater, cinema, music, and television -- are numerous, and include Steve Allen, Richard Attenborough, Shirley Bassey, Warren Beatty, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Dirk Bogarde, Pearl Bailey, Elmer Bernstein, Art Buchwald, Dyan Cannon, John Paddy Carstairs, Cher, Rosemary Clooney, Joan Crawford, Sammy Davis, Jr., Phyllis Diller, Kirk Douglas, Samantha Eggar, Mike Frankovich, Val Guest, Buddy Hackett, Hugh Hefner, Stanley Holloway, Arthur Jacobs, Gene Kelly, Alan King, Connie Kreskie, Joseph E. Levine, Jerry Lewis, Shari Lewis, Lulu, Cecil Madden, Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Roger Moore, Bob Newhart, Laurence Olivier, Herbert Ross, Ken Russell, Susan Sarandon, Vidal Sassoon, Peter Sellers, Neil Simon, Tina Sinatra, Gene Siskel, Barbara Streisand and Elliot Gould, David Susskind, Constance Towers, Robert Towne, Jack Valenti, Dionne Warwick, Lew Wasserman, Arnold Weissberger, and Flip Wilson.

There are numerous photographs in the collection, well over one thousand prints (black and white and color) dating from the 1930s to the 1990s. These include personal images of Newley and his family, including Joan Collins and Newley’s children; candid shots of Newley, his friends, and others from the fields of music and entertainment; and many publicity stills from plays, movies, and other productions and events. Most of the photographs are organized by subject; the collection also includes several albums and scrapbooks.

Titles include Oliver Twist; Cockleshell Heroes; The Lady is a Square; Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, including several production photos from the 1960s and 1980s; The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd; Will Heironymous Merkin …; Doctor Doolittle; Scrooge; The Small World of Sammy Lee ; various other films in which Newley acted in the 1950s; and Joan Collins’ appearance on the television program Batman .

Professional material in the collection primarily consists of various documents pertaining to Newley’s various projects, including correspondence, financial material, legal material, and other papers. The items date from the late 1960s to the 1990s. Subjects include home rentals; entertainment; insurance, Funny Old World ; Will Heironymous Merkin… ; the William Morris Agency; Newley’s live performances from the 1970s; television appearances, 1970-1983; public appearances (including charity events, honors for Newley and others, etc.), 1970s-1990s; Quilp! ; Shari Lewis; It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time ; Good Old Bad Old Days; Stop the World – I Want to Get Off; Chaplin ; various theater projects; and phone records (1977-1983)..

Printed material in the collection includes programs from various stage performances; numerous newspaper articles and clippings regarding Newley (1950s-1990s); several posters advertising various shows, including Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd, Will Heironymous Merkin…, The Good Old Bad Old Days, Doctor Dolittle, Scrooge, and Once Upon a Song ; and scrapbooks of newspaper and magazine clippings about Newley, covering the years 1959-1969.

Audio recordings in the collection include reel-to-reels, cassettes, and record albums. Subjects of the reel-to-reel tapes (which date from the 1970s) include Newley giving live performances in various venues; his narration for The Petula Clark Story ; and other items, primarily Newley singing. The numerous record albums pertain to Newley’s songs and shows; they also include titles from Newley’s personal record collection, such as classical music, dramatic readings, and various popular songs. Cassette tapes in the collection are also extensive, and primarily consist of Newley singing and/or performing. The cassettes are notable for including several demo and/or rough versions of various songs by Newley, as well as music and songs which were either never completed or recorded elsewhere.

Film and video recordings in the collection include film reels of home movies by Newley (16mm format); film reels of Oliver Twist, 101 Dalmatians, Doctor Dolittle, the Merv Griffin Show, and other programs and shows on which Newley either worked or personally appeared; and several VHS and Beta video cassette recordings of home movies and performances.

Personal memorabilia in the collection include two scrapbooks with drawings from Newley’s childhood; school materials for Newley, including school notebooks and report cards; a diary from 1950; drawings done by Newley as a young boy; invitations and tickets for various events; a lock of hair taken from the head of Sacha Newley (Newley’s son); drawings done by Newley’s children, school reports, and other items of memorabilia that Newley kept of his children; makeup used by Newley; hats, shoes and other costume effects from Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd and The Good Old Bad Old Days ; costume items from Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off (1986-1987 tour); award certificates, medals, and plaques presented to Newley; and "gold records" presented to Newley for his contribution to the song “Goldfinger” and his work for “Doctor Dolittle”.

Notable Figures
1. Newley, Anthony
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Radio Subject Guide