1849 Birthday of writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of several Broadway plays in the early 20th century, including Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, The Pretty Sister of José, and This man and me. His novel The secret garden was adapted as a musical in 1991.
1924 Opening night at the Garrick Theater for Sidney howardthe drama They knew what they wanted, about an old winemaker who tries to cheat a mail order bride by sending her a photo of his handsome young foreman. It wins the Pulitzer Prize, stages 414 performances and is adapted as a musical The happiest guy in 1956.
1929 Actor Raymond Hitchcock dies. He made his first main appearance in The Yankee Consul at the Tremont Theater in Boston. He also appeared in Hitchy-Koo, Sap, and Raymond Hitchcock’s Moulinet.
1934 Birthday of actor, lyricist and director Martin Charnin, a late-career collaborator of Richard Rodgers on musicals Two by two and I remember mom. His other works include Annie, upstairs at O’Neals, Hotspot, and The first one. He began his career as one of the first Jets of West Side Story.
1936 Opening night of Cowardly Christmasthe game Tonight at 8:30 p.m., composed of three acts in one, With astonished heart, hands on the sea, and Red peppers. Loose stars with Gertrude Laurent. The production presents 118 performances at the National Theater.
1938 Clifford odets written about a dentist in the throes of what would later be called a midlife crisis in the drama Rocket to the moon. It organizes 131 performances in the Belasco and Windsor theaters.
1940 The earliest date many legitimate theaters begin Sunday performances. In the past, the Winter Garden, the Selwyn and the Century had variety shows on Sunday evenings, but these were special vaudeville programs.
1950 “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” like Frank Loesser‘s Guys and dolls opens at the Forty-Sixth Street Theater. George S. Kaufman directs and Michael kidd choreographed the Abe terrier, Jo swerling, and Loesser musical based on the stories of Damon Runyan. Sam levene is Nathan Detroit, co-starring with Robert alda (father of Alain Alda), Isabelle Bigley, Viviane blaine, and Stocky kaye. The show receives rave reviews and runs for a total of 1,200 performances.
1951 Audrey hepburn stars in Anita loosadaptation of Colette Gigi, on the training of a beautiful young courtesan. The show featured 219 performances at the Fulton Theater and was adapted into a musical of the same title in 1958, starring Leslie Caron as Hepburn.
1975 Richard peaslee writes the score for a musical adaptation of Giovanni Boccace‘s The Decameron, called, for some reason, Boccaccio. It only presents seven performances at the Edison Theater, despite the presence of Armand Assante like Masetto.
1986 Smile, a musical adaptation of the film about the backstage emotions of a beauty contest, opens its doors at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Partly because of the presence of Marvin hamlisch as a composer and Howard ashman as a lyricist-librettist, the television series 60 minutes recounts his essays, his previews and his opening night. Unfortunately, the production ends after just 48 performances. Happy ending: Ashman loves the great lady Jodi benson so much, he helps her get the role of Ariel the mermaid in the blockbuster Disney animated film The little Mermaid, for which he provides the lyrics.
1994 With the swipe of the keyboard, Broadway enters the Internet age as Playbill On-Line launches its new online theater news service.
1996 Opening night for the Broadway production of Juan Darien, with the music of Elliot Goldenthal, which had previously been seen Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway. The production also marks the director / designer’s Broadway debut. Julie Taymor, whose masks, puppets and innovative stage activities are causing a stir, even though the show itself only features 49 performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Less than a year later, Taymor storms Broadway with her The Lion King, using many of the same techniques.
1997 In a solo exhibition written and directed by Charles Messina, Paul Gonçalves portrays Queen rocker Freddie Mercury awakening from death with a new lease of life. In Mercury: the afterlife and the time of a rock god, the singer struggles to make sense of his destiny and realizes that fame, fortune and talent are not enough for true peace of mind. “Beyond the darkness of his fear,” the press release read, “shines a light far brighter than the star he was on earth.” He organized 216 performances at the Sanford Meisner Theater.
2011 The West End transfer from Shakespeare’s Royal Companythe production of Mathilde the musical, first seen in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, opens at the Cambridge Theater. Based on Roald dahl novel, the musical features a playwright’s book Dennis kelly; music and lyrics by Australian actor, musician and composer Tim minchin; and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production won a record seven Olivier Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for Bertie carvel‘s as Miss Trunchbull and Best Actress in a Musical for the Four Girls who share the title role. Mathilde opened on Broadway in 2013.
2013 Repertoire productions of Harold pinter‘s No Man’s Land and Samuel beckett‘s Waiting for Godot, featuring Ian mckellen and Patrick stewart, opened on Broadway at the Cort Theater. Realized by Sean Mathias, the cast also includes Billy Crudup and Shuler hensley.
2016 Florence Henderson, who performed on Broadway before making her mark on television as the sitcom’s still-patient mom The Brady Group, died at the age of 82. She appeared on Broadway in musicals I wish you were there, Fanny, and The girl who came to supper, and also played the role of Laurey in the national tour of Oklahoma!
2019 Signature Theater cover of Off-Broadway The young man from Atlanta, The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Horton Foote officially opens its doors. Realized by Michael Wilson, the production stars Tony contestant Kristine Nielsen (Gary) and Emmy nominee Aidan Quinn (Elementary).
2019 Theater for a new audience from the production of Fefu and his friends, by the late María Irene Fornés, officially opens its doors at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Directed by Obie Prize winner Lileana Blain-Cruz, the production sees the audience split into four groups (as the play is written) and move around the auditorium where everyone experiences the story in a different frame and in a different order.
More birthdays today: Catherine nesbitt (1889-1982). Garson Kanin (1912-1999). Geraldine Fitzgerald (1913-2005). Sasson Gabay (born in 1947). Ruben Santiago-Hudson (born 1956). Sarah Hyland (born 1990).
Look back Waiting for Godot / No Man’s Land With Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan