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Randolph Carter (October 6, 1908 - October 12, 1998) was a playwright and one of the last links to the Shubert era on Broadway. Carter worked for 10 years with J.J. Shubert, one of the original brothers -- Sam S. and Lee were the others -- who founded the Shubert theatrical dynasty at the beginning of this century. Carter was employed as a play doctor and contributed dialogue for musicals such as The Student Prince, Countess Maritza, The Land of Smiles and The Merry Widow.
Randolph Carter was born in Lexington, Nebraska. Carter’s first Broadway production was Arms of Venus (1937) based on Petronius’ Satyricon. Variety called it “a tempest in a Roman tomb” and “an orgy of laughs”. Other Broadway productions included a dramatization of Wuthering Heights in 1940 for a television production that starred Richard Burton and Claire Bloom.
At the end of 1948, Waldemar Hansen left New York for London to live with Peter Watson. John Bernad Myers found a new friend, the ambitious playwright Randolph Carter, who was willing to share expenses. In 1949 Myers and Tibor de Nagy organized a production company specialied in puppet shows. The first production they launched was a Pueblo Indian fairy tale inspired by Max Ernst's enchanting collection of Kachina dolls. Their collaborators were Bernard Pfriem, who designed the production; the playwright Randolph Carter, who wrote much of the dialogue; the poet Charles Boultenhouse, who wrote three lyrics; and Ned Rorem, who set the lyrics to music for voice and tympani.
Carter's Florence Nightingale starring Katharine Cornell was presented on radio in 1951 by the Theater Guild on the Air. Eugenia (an adaptation of Henry James's The Ambassadors) starred Tallulah Bankhead in 1957. Eugenia was directed by Herbert Machiz (John Bernad Myers' partner) and produced by John C. Wilson (Noël Coward's partner).
In 1984 his adaptation of James Farrell’s Death of Nora Ryan was presented off-Broadway From 1966 to 1969. Carter was the drama critic on the John Wingate news program on WOR-TV. He was the author of The World of Flo Ziegfeld (1974) and a monograph Joseph Urban (1992)
He died on Oct. 12. He was 90. According to The New York Times, Carter passed away at the St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens.
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