Playbill Vault is in theater history today: July 3

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1878 The original Yankee Doodle Dandy, George M. Cohan was born July 3, not July 4 as the family legend says. A member of The Four Cohans vaudeville team with his parents and sister, he quickly launched himself as a solo star, writer, and early 20th century hit producer as American Born, Billie, Dear Old Darling, Little Nellie Kelly, Pigeons and People, The Rise of Rosie O’Reilly, and The merry Malones. His life became the subject of a musical in 1968, Georges M!, in which he is portrayed by Joel Gray. His statue has stood in the center of Times Square on 46th Street for decades.

1937 British playwright’s birthday Tom stoppard, four-time Tony Award winner for best play: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead (1968), Transvestites (1976), The real thing (1984), and The coast of utopia (2007). Its list of smart dramas also includes Arcadia, The invention of love, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Sweaters.

1947 Betty buckley, who becomes one of the main ladies of Broadway, was born in Texas. After making his debut in 1776, Buckley wins the 1983 Tony Award for Starring Actress in a Musical for her role Cats. Other memorable moments on stage include Singing and dancing, The mystery of Edwin Drood, Carrie, Sunset Boulevard, and Triumph of love.

1970 Happy birthday to Audra McDonald, who will win six Tony Awards for performing in both plays and musicals, including Ragtime, Carousel, Master Class, A Raisin in the Sun, Porgy and Bess des Gershwin, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. She also receives Tony nominations for her performances in Marie-Christine and a revival of 110 in the shade. Most recently, McDonald won the Antonyo Award for his performance in Frankie & Johnny and the Moonlight and is a member of the group of founding artists behind Plain black theater.

1999 The Roundabout theater company rebirth of Cabaret marks its 500th performance on Broadway. The production, which received four Tony Awards (including Best Cover of a Musical), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Theater World Award, an Astaire Award and a Special New York Drama Critics Award) has debuted on Broadway March 19, 1998.

2018 Australian production for Best Tony nominated Musical Come from afar opens in Melbourne. David Hein and Irene Sankoff’s musical tells the story of passengers on 37 planes who were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, when US airspace was closed due to the September 11 attacks. The Story of Mankind’s Generosity won seven Tony nominations, earning the Christopher Ashley Award for Best Director.

More birthdays today: Leon Errol (1881-1951). Alexandre gemignani (born 1979). Franz Kafka (1883-1924). Leueen MacGrath (1914-1992). Natasha Richardson (1963-2009). David County (born in 1937). Patrick wilson (born 1973).

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