Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: February 22
In 2018, Bernadette Peters took on the lead role in the revival of Hello Dolly!
1930 Birthday of Marni Nixon, the singer whose voice is dubbed into Natalie Wood’s mouth in the film by West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in the film by my lovely lady. She made her Broadway debut in 1954. The girl in the pink pantyhose and don’t go back to Broadway until The Deaths of James Joyce in 2000. Other Broadway appearances include revivals of Follies and New.
1961 Opening night of Come blow your horn, Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy. It organized 677 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
1962 Olivia de Haviland and Henry Fonda star in A gift of time at the Barrymore Theatre. The production is directed by playwright Garson Kanin.
1966 Two one-acts include Tennessee Williams‘ Burlesque tragedy at the Longacre Theatre. the mutilated Features Catherine Reid and Margaret Leighton like two store women in an abrasive friendship and The Gnadiges Fraulein has Leighton as an ex-performer who has to rummage through trash cans to eat. Zoe Caldwell won her first Tony as Polly in the latter against Leighton.
1983 Arthur Bicknellit is Moose Killings, a prank set in a dilapidated ski lodge decorated with numerous moose heads, opens and closes in the same night.
1996 William Inge’s Bus stop opens at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The production, directed by Josephine R. Abady, stars Billy Crudup, Mary-Louise Parker, Ron Perlman and Kelly Bishop.
2007 Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays, Hugh Dancy and Stark Sands star in The end of the journey, the Broadway revival of RC Sherriff’s 1929 play. David Grindley directs after directing London’s revival in 2004.
2012 The world premiere of First piecesRichard Maxwell’s adaptation of Eugene O’NeillThe plays on the world of sailors and the sea, opens at St. Ann’s Warehouse. A collaboration between the Wooster Group and the New York City Players, production includes O’Neill’s Heading east for Cardiff (1914), The long journey home (1917), and The Caribbean Moon (1918).
2017 The New York premiere of John Kander and Greg Pierce children’s victory opens Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. Brandon Flynn and Karen Ziemba star in the musical about the return of a teenager who has been missing for several months.
2017 The Roundabout Theater Company production of Steven Levinson If I forget opens Off-Broadway under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. The cast includes Larry Bryggman, Maria Dizzia, Tasha Lawrence, Jeremy Shamos, Seth Michael Steinberg, Kate Walsh and Gary Wilmes.
2018 Hello Bernadette! Tony winner Bernadette Peters reprises the title role in the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre. She is joined by four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber as Horace Vandergelder, Charlie Stemp as Barnaby and Molly Griggs for her Broadway debut as Minnie Fay.
More birthdays from today: James Kirkwood, Sr. (1875-1963). Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950). Nacio Herb Brown (1896-1964). Dwight Frie (1899-1943). Robert Weede (1903-1972). Sheldon Leonard (1907–1997). John Mills (1908–2005). Jules Munshin (1915-1970). Ray Fry (1923–2009). Edward Gorey (1925-2000). Martha Swope (1928–2017). Paul Doley (born in 1928). Marni Nixon (1930-2016). Sheila Hancock (born in 1933). Milton Katselas (1933–2008). Barry Weissler (born in 1939). Ellen Greene (born in 1951). Richard Greenberg (born in 1958). Kyle MacLachlan (born in 1959). Lea Salonga (born in 1971). Jeremy Shamos (born in 1971). Haven Burton (1980). Trent Kowalik (born in 1995). Celia Rose Gooding (born in 2000).