Former Editor John Chapman

John Arthur Chapman (1900–72) Drama critic. A native of Colorado, Chapman began his career with The Denver Times (1917–19) before moving to the New York Daily News (1920), where he became dramatic editor (1929) and replaced Burns Mantle as drama critic (1943), retiring in 1971. He wrote a popular column, “Mainly About Broadway,” in the 1930s, and edited the Best Plays series (1947–53). — Tice L. Miller in Cambridge Guide to American Theatre, 1993 (excerpt). (Photo by Ossie Leviness; gift of the Margaret Burns Mantle Gerard Estate)
More of Best Plays Online:

Best Plays Home Page

 Jenkins Named Editor of Best Plays Series

The Best Plays of 2000–2001

 From the Best Plays Photo Archives

Founding Editor Burns Mantle