Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: February 2

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In 2006, winner of the Pulitzer Prize rabbit hole opens on Broadway.

1912 composer’s birthday Burton Lane, who wrote the music for On a clear day you can see forever, hold on to your hats, Laffing Room Only, and Finian’s Rainbow.

1920 Eugene O’Neillfirst fiction feature film, beyond the horizon, opens at the Morosco Theatre. The drama of the Mayo brothers and the woman they both love stars Richard Bennett, Robert Kellyand Elsie Rizer. He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

1923 Broadway columnist Liz Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

1925 Tony Award-winning performer Elaine Stritch was born in Detroit, Michigan. His Broadway appearances include sail away, Society, Friend Joey, A delicate balanceand her Tony-winning solo exhibition Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

1926 James Rennie is Gatsby the magnificent at the Ambassador Theatre. Also featuring Florence Eldridge and Elliot Cabotadaptation of F. Scott Fitzgeraldthe novel of Owen Davis lasts 14 weeks. Georges Cukor directed.

1927 Opening night of Florenz Ziegfeldthe first unrevised musical, Rio Ritathrough Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson. It is the inaugural production of the new Ziegfeld Theater and has 494 performances.

1966 Opening night of Frederick Knottthe murder mystery Wait until nightfall, about a blind woman hunted by a killer. It has 374 performances.

1969 Boris Karloff, who came to life on film as Frankenstein’s monster, dies aged 82 in Sussex, England. He made his first appearance on stage in 1910. In 1941, he appeared in the comedy Arsenic and old lace at the Fulton Theater in New York.

1972 Diana Rigg and Michael Hordern are Riders. Tom StoppardThe farce of puns and mystification plays at the Old Vic Theater in London. The play made its Broadway debut two years later.

2004 Jason Raize Rothenbergwho originated the role of Simba in Broadway’s The Lion Kingwas found dead of an apparent suicide at the age of 28, in Yass, Australia.

2006 Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery star as parents mourning the loss of their only child in David Lindsay-Abaire. rabbit hole. Nixon won a Tony Award for his performance, and the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

2014 Academy Award-winning stage and film actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is found dead in his Manhattan apartment. He starred in three Broadway productions, earning Tony nominations for all three performances: Austin/Lee in true westJames Tyrone, Jr. in Long day trip into nightand Willy Loman in Death of a seller. Hoffman has also appeared in and directed numerous Off-Broadway productions, including many at LA Byrinth Theater Company, where he was co-artistic director.

More birthdays from today: James Joyce (1882-1941). Ayn Rand (1905-1982). Stefan Schnabel (1912-1999). Brent Spine (born in 1949). Christie Brinkley (born in 1954). Cady Huffman (born in 1965). Jennifer Westfeldt (born in 1971). Marissa Jaret Winokur (born in 1973). Eden Espinosa (born in 1978). Alex Sharp (born in 1989).


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