1900 Cho-Cho San and his passionate and tragic love light up David Belasco’s adaptation of John Luther Long’s story, Madame Papillon. It is oddly paired on a double poster at the Duke of York’s Theater in London, with a comedy by Jerome K. Jerome, Miss Hobbs. Giacomo Puccini later used Belasco’s piece as the basis for his opera.
1976 As a woman who rarely left her home but had a complex imagination, Julie harris is Emily Dickinson. Playwright Guillaume Luce call the poet La Belle d’Amherst. The solo play inhabits the Longacre Theater on Broadway for 15 weeks and becomes one of Harris’ iconic roles.
1988 Lower right turn. The Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice musical Chess, on the Cold War, opens on Broadway. Trevor Nunn leads a cast that includes Judy Kuhn, David Carroll, and Harry goz. He organized 68 performances at the Imperial Theater.
1990 A choir line ends its extraordinary race after 6,137 performances. Cats and others would end up prowling, but at the time, the Marvin hamlisch, Edouard Kléban, Michael bennett, James kirkwood, and Nicolas dante The musical was the longest-running show in Broadway history.
1997 When a doctor really isn’t feeling himself, it can get freezing, even musical. Jekyll & Hyde opens on Broadway, with a book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frank Wildhorn. Robert cuccioli stars with Linda eder and Christiane Noll. The adaptation of the Robert-Louis Stevenson news The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde hosts 1,543 performances at the Plymouth Theater.
2011 People in the picture, the original musical that features Donna Murphy as an American grandmother trying to keep her days alive in Polish Yiddish theater through her granddaughter, opens on Broadway at Studio 54. Presented by Roundabout theater company, the musical has a booklet and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dard, and the music of Mike stoller and Butler Artie.
2016 In May 1921, Mix along, a new musical conceived by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, with music and lyrics by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, has become the most unlikely of successes, dramatically changing the face of Broadway. 95 years later, George C. Wolfe tells the story of Mix along in his new musical Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The production stars Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry. He organizes 100 performances at the Music Box Theater.
Today’s birthdays: Mary McDonnell (born 1952). Marcia Milgrom Dodge (born 1955). Jenna Ushkowitz (born 1986).
A look at Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and more in Mix along on broadway