1899 The girl from Maxime, one of Georges Feydeau’s most sparkling farces, has its American premiere at the Criterion Theater.
1922 George kellythe comedy Torchbearers opens a 135-performance run at the 48th Street Theater.
1934 Georges abbott directed Harry madden and Philippe dunningthe comedy Kill this story, opening at the Booth Theater for a series of 117 performances. The play about a journalist who foils a plot by two villainous publishers to buy an honest newspaper for a political boss, features Armitage of Buford, Jacques Bell, Matt Briggs, William Foran, William Lynn and Claire Carleton.
1990 Sandy, the main character’s canine companion in the original Broadway production of Annie, died at the age of 16. Once an abused puppy, he was bought from the Connecticut Humane Society for $ 8 on the day he was supposed to be asleep. The dog, who was named for his role in the production, missed just 14 of the 2,377 performances, after booking a concert in Las Vegas with the show’s original star. Andrea McArdle.
1999 Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees dons his director’s hat as he directs William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Old Globe in California. Dakin matthews stars like Falstaff.
2015 Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who made history as the youngest actor and the first African-American to play the role of Jean Valjean in Wretched on Broadway, dies at age 21.
Today’s birthdays: John E. Ince (1878-1947). Preston Sturges (1898-1959). Barry sullivan (1912-1994). Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982). Sono Osato (1919-2018). Dick o’neill (1928-1998). Patricia Conolly (born in 1933). Elliott Gould (born in 1938). Francoise Ruffelle (born 1965). Carla Gugino (born 1971). Lea Michele (born in 1986).
A look back at Andrea McArdle and the original cast of Annie on Broadway