Playbill Vault is in theater history today: February 1


1859 Birthday of King of Broadway Operetta Victor Herbert, composer of Babes in Toyland, The Red Mill, Miss. Milliner, Naughty Marietta, Honey, and many editions of The follies of Ziegfeld.

1904 Birthday of the playwright, screenwriter and spirit SJ Perelman, whose Broadway efforts include The beauty part and the booklet of A touch of Venus.

1909 When her father’s will states that her daughter is to marry a Bingham College graduate, she becomes The Co-Ed Fair. Elsie Janis is the only student enrolled, helping her fiancé succeed. Georges ade provides music and lyrics, Gustave Luders the score.

1942 In From V We Sing, the V represents victory in WWII. Co-produced by Alexandre cohen and the American Youth Theater, the timely show hosts songs, skits and some lively jitterbugging. The cast includes Betty garrett, Phil leeds, and Daniel nagrin.

1961 Tallulah Bankhead plays a 50-year-old woman who leaves her scornful family, disguises herself as an 80-year-old, and becomes a babysitter in Midgie purvis. Mary Chase’s play is directed by Burgess Meredith at the Martin Beck Theater.

1967 The deer park, Norman Mailer’s adaptation of his novel, features ripped ripped, Gene Lindsey, and Marsha mason. Leo Garen is directing the show at the Théâtre de Lys.

1968 Iris murdoch and James saunders adapt Murdoch’s novel The italian girl for the stage. Richard pasco and Elizabeth Sellars direct the cast and Val-Mai steps. It takes place in London at Wyndham’s Theater.

1968 A day in the death of Joe Egg opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, with Albert Finney, Joan Hickson and Zena Walker, the latter winning a Tony Award for her performance. Michael Blakemore directs the play by Peter Nichols.

2002 A settlement is announced between the producer Scott rudin and composer Stephen Sondheim on the property of the musical wise guys, since renamed Bounce, which allowed its 2003 premiere at the Goodman Theater in Chicago to go ahead. When the musical finally opens in New York in 2008, it has yet another new title: Road Show.

2003 First performance of Radiant baby, an Off-Broadway musical about the late pop artist Keith Haring at the public theaterNewman space. George C. Wolfe directs the production, which features lyrics by Ira gasman, Stuart ross, and Debra barsha, book by Ross and score by Barsha.

2004 Movie star Isabella Rossellini plays with Richard thomas at the world premiere of Terrence McNally‘s Stendhal’s syndrome, who begins his performances at Primary stages‘new house, 59E59.

2011 The man who whips, Matthew Lopez’s historical drama about a Confederate Jewish soldier returning home to his former slaves, who are also Jews, opens Off-Broadway in a Manhattan Theater Club production directed by Tony winner Douglas Hughes. Jay Wilkison, André Holland and Andre Braugher are the stars.

2018 Terrence McNally’s World Premiere Fire and Air, exploring the history of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, opens Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company. Douglas Hodge plays Diaghilev alongside James Cusati-Moyer as dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. The cast also includes Marin Mazzie, John Glover, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Marsha Mason.

More birthdays today: Henry Miller (1859-1926), Charlton Andrews (1878-1939), Herman Hupfeld (1894-1951), James P. Johnson (1894-1955), Clark gable (1901-1960), Langston hughes (1902-1967), Helen Chandler (1906-1965), Albert R. Johnson (1910-1967), Garrett morris (born in 1937), Sherman Hemsley (1938-2012), Leo Burmester (1944-2007), Michael C. Hall (born 1971)

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