Today in Playbill Vault Theater History: September 19

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1904 Julian Eltinge, the famous female impersonator, makes her Broadway debut in Mr. Wix from Wickham, the failed musical at the Théâtre du Bijou. Jerome Kern, 19, writes some of the songs in the series. Kern continues to write music for Show boat and Sunny during his long and successful career. Also on this date, EH Sothern, the extraordinary Shakespeare actor, stars in a Chicago production of Romeo and Juliet.

1910 For the first time, George M. Cohan conducts and writes a non-musical triumph. Get Rich-Quick Wallingford, his new comedy, opens at the Gaiety Theater. It is based on the novel by George Randolph Chester about a reforming crook. The show lasts 424 performances with its stars, Françoise ring and Hale hamilton.

1962 Opening show of Eric bentleythe translated version of Bertolt Brecht‘s Mann I Mann. Another version, translated by Gerhard Nellhaus, opened the day before at the Living Theater. The New Repertory Company is directing tonight’s production at the Masque Theater, directed by John Hancock and starring John heffernan and Olympia Dukakis. Both productions run 175 performances.

1974 The Winter Garden Theater is evacuated due to a bomb threat, at the premiere preview of the revival of Gypsy. Gene Brown’s book, Show time, notes that the librettist Arthur Laurent joked with the audience during the break that the acclaimed star Angela Lansbury was itself a “bomb”. The show resumes shortly after the evacuation.

1996 David hare‘s Skylight, about a successful businessman trying to rehash a past affair with a young teacher, opens at the Royal Theater on Broadway. The Richard Eyre-stars of production crossed out Lia williams, Christian Camargo, and Michel gambon. The production has 116 performances.

2000 Less than two weeks after completing his race at Second Stage Theater, the renewal of August wilson‘s Jitney reopens at the world’s largest Union Square Theater Off-Broadway. The first play written by the Tony Award-winning Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright examines the lives of a group of black men working in a gypsy taxi company (or jitney station) in the 1970s in Pittsburgh.

2001 Led by New York City Tourism Manager Cristyne Lategano Nicholas and President of the famed Zagat Restaurant Surveys, New York City business leaders gather at the Eugene O’Neill Theater to express their support for the theater industry in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and urge theater fans to continue buying tickets.

2002 Nonsense, Off-Broadway novelty musical about a convent full of wacky nuns, spawns its fourth sequel: Meshuggah-Sisters, a brand new show “with a twist of Yiddish” at the Fireside Theater in Minneapolis. Previous entries in the series: Nunsense, Nunsense II, Country Western Nunsense Jamboree by Sister Amnesia, and Nuncrackers (the Christmas-themed show), not to mention Nunsense A-Men, the original show, but with an all-male cast.

2004 The television adaptation of Tony kushnerThe award-winning drama by Tony and Pulitzer Angels in America wins a record 11 Emmy Awards.

2006 Elizabeth allen, 77, the actor and stage, film and television model who played a spirited, love-hungry tourist in the Broadway musical Do I hear a waltz?, died at Wingate Nursing Home in Fishkill, New York.

2012 The world premiere of Jay kuo, Marc Acito and Lorenzo Thione‘s Allegiance — A New American Musical, retracing the lives of Japanese Americans who were placed in concentration camps on American soil during World War II, opens at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. Realized by Stafford Arima, he stars Telly Leung, Georges takei and Lea Salonga. The production moved to Broadway three years later.

Today’s birthdays: Malcolm duncan (1881-1942). Ernest Truex (1889-1973). Francoise Farmer (1913-1970). Rosemary Harris (born in 1927). David McCallum (born in 1933). Jeremy Irons (born 1948). Twiggy (born in 1949). Rex smith (born 1955). Sanaa Lathan (born 1971). Stephanie J. Block (born 1972). Ramin karimloo (born 1978).


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