Playbill Vault is Today in Theater History: August 6

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1947 Variety announces that John Garfield will star in the first production of a new play by Tennessee Williams, titled A tram named Désir. As history will have it, however, contractual requirements rule him out, to be replaced by little-known newcomer Marlon Brando.

1999 Chicago City Limits, an improvisation company born in Chicago but based in New York, presents its Y2K, everything is fine at the Chicago City Limits Theater in Manhattan. The group is celebrating 20 years in New York with comedy, which recaps the last millennium, from the Crusades to unrest in the Middle East.

2001 The memory show for two, If you ever leave me … I’m going with you! featuring Renee taylor and Joseph Bologna, opens on Broadway at the Cort Theater.

2002 Lyricist Sheldon harnick, long absent from the scene since its heyday of the 1960s Fiorello!, violin on the roof, and The Rothschilds, returns to the stage with a new musical adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic children’s book, The phantom toolbox, with music by Arnold Black and a book adapted by Juster himself. The world premiere is hosted by Harwich Junior Theater in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

2015 Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical that fuses contemporary and classical worlds to tell the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, debuts on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater. He went on to win 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

More birthdays today: Guthrie McClintic (1893-1961). Lucille Boule (1911-1989). Lois Nettleton (1929-2008). Terry Finn (born 1955). Rusty mage (1955-2003). Prince of faith (born in 1957). Conor McPherson (born 1971). Leslie Odom, Jr. (born 1981).

Watch the highlights of Hamilton on Broadway:


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