Playbill Vault Today in Theater History: November 30


1924 Henry Oscar and Esme Biddle are the protagonists of Byron by Alice Law, at the Century Theater in Bayswater, England. In a very small role, someone is called Laurence Olivier.

1926 The Actors Theater Company begins a revival of Eugene O’Neill‘s Beyond the horizon. The cast includes Judith Lowry, Robert keith, and Aline Mac Mahon.

1926 Sigmund romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II‘s The song of the desert, one of the last successful operettas, opens. The mysterious and romantic Red Shadow and his rebel group roam the dunes of North Africa in the musical, which features 471 performances at the Casino Theater and tours for much of the next two generations.

1937 WP Lipscomb’s Thanks, Mr. Pepys! opens at the Shaftesbury Theater in London. This comedy is based on the biography of Samuel Pepys by Arthur Bryant. The cast includes Edmund Gwenn, Barry K. Barnes and Marjorie Mars.

1939 Something not quite right is happening below the surface of Paul Osbornis subtle Morning is at seven o’clock, apparently a Norman Rockwell portrayal of suburban life, which only lasts 44 performances at the Longacre Theater. The play was more successful in 1980, with a successful revival which performs 564 performances.

1947 Playwright’s birthday David Mamet, who writes harsh pieces that capture the unique rhythms of speech from workers, including real estate salespeople (Pulitzer Laureate Glengarry Glen Ross), filmmakers (Speed-the-Plow), academics and feminists (Oleanna) and petty thieves (American buffalo).

1952 Actor’s birthday Mandy patinkin who creates a series of intense characters in musicals Evita, The secret garden, Sunday in the park with George, and The knife before turning to television, and a career in concert and recording.

1955 Richard rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II suffer rare business failure with Dream Pipe, based on John steinbeckthe story of life in a brothel. The show ends after 246 performances (R&H’s shortest series) at the Shubert Theater.

1964 Slow dance on the ground of death with Georges rose opens at the Plymouth Theater. Hume Cronyn is co-producer of William hanley play about people associated with murder and death. Joseph Antoine leads the 11 week race.

1972 Arthur miller attacks the Bible, telling the story of Adam and Eve in its own words in The creation of the world and other affairs. But in this case, the imperfect father is God, and even the presence of Zoe Caldwell because Eve can’t stop the show from ending after just 20 performances at the Shubert Theater.

1988 Tonight’s episode of frivolity on NBC is titled “Barrymore’s,” with a cast that includes Elaine stitch, Blythe danner, Jerry Stiller, Mary Beth injured, and cameos from Georges abbott and Garson Kanin.

2000 Opening night for Seussic at the Richard Rodgers Theater, Lynn ahrens and Stephen flahertymusical that combines many children’s author stories Dr. Seuss, including Horton hears one who, McElligot’s pool, and The cat in the hat in one story.

2011 The Actors Fund and the Vineyard theater present the New York premiere of John kander and Fred ebbis musical Visit as a one-night only benefit concert at the Ambassador Theater on Broadway. Tony Awards winners Chita rivera and John cullum playing the role of Claire Zachanassian and Anton Schell. The musical finally arrived on Broadway in 2015, starring Rivera alongside Roger Rees.

2017 Uma Thurman makes her Broadway debut in Beau Willimon political drama The Parisian, opening at the Hudson Theater. Josh Lucas, Blair Brown, Marton Csokas and Phillipa Soo co-starred in the play about a powerful couple from Washington, DC angling for a judicial job.

More birthdays today: Mark Twain (1835-1910) Jules J. Levanthal (1888-1949), Virginie mayo (1920-2005), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (1918-2014), Robert Guillaume (1927-2017), David Hersey (born 1939), Stephen Dillane (born 1956), Jeff Still (born 1959), David Auburn (born 1969), Ryan Murphy (born 1965), David Lindsay-Abaire (born 1969), Amy Ryan (born 1969), Clay Aiken (born 1978).

Watch Highlights from David Mamet’s 2012 Broadway Revival Glengarry Glen Ross, with Al Pacino:

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