Mark Bramble was an American theatre writer, director, author, and producer. He was born in Chestertown, Maryland and attended Emerson College and New York University. Bramble began his theatre career as an apprentice for David Merrick in 1971. Bramble’s first show on Broadway was Barnum (1980), followed by The Three Musketeers (1984). Bramble’s biggest success came as the co-author of 42nd Street (1980), which was produced by David Merrick, and as the director/co-librettist for the 2001 revival. He went on to direct productions of 42nd Street in London, Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Vienna. Bramble was a frequent collaborator of Michael Stewart, working with him on many shows such as The Grand Tour (1978), Pieces of Eight (1985), and as an assistant on Mack and Mabel (1974). Bramble also worked in the UK, writing and directing the musical Fat Pig (1987) for the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, England and adapting Notre Dame (1991) for The Lillian Bayliss Theatre in Sadler's Well, London.
Bramble was a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. He organized charitable works in his hometown of Chestertown, creating an event known as “Broadway Showstoppers'', which featured local talent. Bramble wanted to inspire the next generation of artists through musical theatre and worked with his friend and music director Paul Masse to develop the event. In 2017, Bramble published a book called A Tea Caddy Collection, which featured his extensive collection of antique tea caddies. Mark Bramble passed away unexpectedly on February 20, 2019 in his home in Maryland.
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