Arthur Lewis, London Producer of Broadway Hits, Dies at 89

Obituaries   Arthur Lewis, London Producer of Broadway Hits, Dies at 89
 
Arthur Lewis, the Brooklyn-born producer who found his greatest success on the London stage, died on June 30 at the age of 89, it was reported.

Mr. Lewis, who was the son of Hollywood and Broadway producer Albert Lewis, was a longtime associate of producers Cy Feuer and Ernie Martin. As such, he put together the West End productions of the Feuer and Martin hits Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed... and was associate producer of the team's Broadway hit Silk Stockings.

Mr. Lewis was also instrumental in bringing The Boyfriend, as well as the show's star, a young Julie Andrews, to Feuer and Martin's attention. The property became a big Broadway hit for the partnership.

During the 1960's, Mr. Lewis, working with Bernard Delfont and Tom Arnold, made a career out of producing New York hits on the London stage. Among his credits during this time were Little Me, Funny Girl, Golden Boy, A Thousand Clowns, Barefoot in the Park, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Odd Couple and The Owl and the Pussycat.

His production of Funny Girl marked the London debut of Barbra Streisand. Like his U.S. counterpart Cy Feuer, Mr. Lewis often directed his London productions, helming Guys and Dolls, Little Me, How to Succeed... and others.

He won an Evening Standard Award for both Little Me and Funny Girl. Arthur Lewis was born on Sept. 15, 1916. He attended Beverly Hills High School, USC and the Yale School of Drama. For his first Broadway credit, he co-produced Three Wishes for Jamie with his father in 1952. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for Feuer, who had been his roommate in the days following World War II.

He also worked frequently in film and television, penning the films "Golden Girl" and "Conquest of Cochise," and producing the TV series "The Asphalt Jungle."

He is survived by his second wife, Mary Carroll, and two sons from his previous marriage to Evelyn Eisner.

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