1921 The operetta Flowering time opens on Broadway. With around twenty themes by Franz Schubert rearranged by Sigmund Romberg, the show reached a then epic series of 576 performances and spawned four simultaneous tour companies, thus becoming a perennial source of money for the Shubert brothers.
1934 George S. Kaufman and Moss deerthe comedy We ride happily introduces the plot innovation of moving back in time from scene to scene. He organizes 155 performances at the Music Box Theater and inspires a 1981 musical through Stephen Sondheim and Georges furth.
1955 Arthur miller‘s A view from the bridge opens at the Coronet Theater. The drama about Eddie, a simple tank top driven to acts of brutality and despair by passions he cannot comprehend, receives mixed reviews and only lasts 19 weeks. Martin ritt is the production manager, whose stars include Van Heflin, J. Carrol Naish, Eileen Heckart, Jack warden, and Richard Davalos. Despite its disappointing original run, the play has since received four Broadway revivals: in 1983 with Tony Lo Bianco, in 1997 with Anthony LaPaglia, in 2010 with Liev Schreiber and in 2015 with Mark Strong.
1960 Jealous man disguises himself as his girlfriend’s lover – and therefore his own rival – in popular musical Irma the sweet, which opens on Broadway at the Plymouth Theater. Elizabeth Seal wins a Tony Award for her performance in the title role.
1962 After six and a half years, musical success My beautiful lady farm on Broadway. He performed a record 2,717 performances and his gross receipts were $ 20,257,000, a record at the time for a musical.
1985 Eugene O’Neillis classic, The ice man is coming, is relaunched at the Théâtre Lunt-Fontanne. The play, about a group of desperate locals at a Lower East Side bar, was originally produced in October 1946 but was overshadowed by Arthur Miller’s All my sons. It did not receive major recognition until it was produced at the Circle in the Square Theater in 1955. The cast of this version included Jason Robards, Jr. as Hickey, the traveling salesman, and was led by Jose quintero. The same actor in the same role with the same director make up the new production.
1975 A work by a New York playwright opens Off-Off-Broadway at St. Clement’s Church, titled Sexual perversity in Chicago. Play wins Obie of the Season for Best New American Play and Playwright David Mamet is becoming a staple in Off-Broadway and Broadway theaters.
1999 The Atlantic theater company celebrates its 15th season by honoring the work of playwright and co-founder David Mamet. The season begins today with a double bill of The water engine and Mr. Happiness. Productions of Sexual perversity in Chicago and The duck variants continue the season, and the topper comes with American buffalo with the other co-founder of Atlantic William H. Macy.
2001 Gloria foster, the African-American actor specializing in classic roles including Medea, Madame Ranevskaya, Mary Tyrone, Clytemnestra and Titania, dies in New York. She was successful at the end of her career in the years 1995 Have our say.
2003 Nearly 80 years of confusion for theatergoers comes to an end when Greenwich Village’s Commerce Street is officially renamed Cherry Lane after the Cherry Lane Theater, which has stood on the short, curving thoroughfare since its founding by the poet Edna Saint-Vincent Millay in 1924.
2009 Hugh jackman and Daniel craig co-starred in Keith Huff’s two-character crime drama, Constant rain, which opens on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. John crowley directs the play on a pair of Chicago cops whose willingness to blink in the face of corruption leads to disaster.
2016 Simon mcburney’s The encounter, based on the true story of a National Geographic photographer who got lost in Brazil’s remote Javari Valley, opens at the Golden Theater. During the performance, the audience wears headphones and immerses themselves in a world created almost entirely by McBurney’s voice and a virtual radio station full of sound effects. The production’s two sound designers, Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, receive special Tony Awards for their work.
More birthdays today: Greer Garson (1904-1996). Madeline Kahn (1942-1999). Ian McShane (born 1942). Debbie Shapiro (aka Debbie Gravitte) (born 1954). Francis Jue (born in 1963). Lynnette Perry (born 1963). Darius of Haas (born 1968). Alfie Boe (born 1973). Brad Kane (born 1973). Zachary Levi (born 1980).
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