Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: January 24

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In 2010, Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson play in Arthur Miller A view from the bridge.

1776 Birth of ETA Hoffmann. His stories form the basis of the ballets Coppelia and Nutcracker.

1905 Buster Brownbased on Richard F. Outcault’s comic strip about a child and his dog, opens at the old Majestic Theatre.

1929 Edith Evans plays the role of Florence Nightingale in The lady with the lamp. The drama of Reginald Berkeley runs at the Garrick Theater in London for 22 weeks.

1933 Cowardly Christmasit is design for life has its US premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Coward shares the spotlight with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Depression-era audiences were scandalized and titillated by the story of a threesome.

1944 To stand in the shade is The Duke in Darkness. patrick hamiltonThe story of a Duke who feigns blindness while imprisoned takes place over three weeks at the Playhouse Theater in New York.

1971 Irish playwright and critic Saint-Jean d’Ervine dies in London. Among his many pieces are Mixed marriage, Jean Fergusonand The First Mrs. Fraser. He was 88 years old.

1979 Mabel Taliaferro, a stage veteran of many shows including George Washington slept heredies at 91.

2000 Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne star in Eugene O’Neillit is A Moon for the Wicked at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, followed by a stint at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway. The production received four 2000 Tony Award nominations and a win for Roy Dotrice (Best Featured Actor in a Play).

2006 Chita Rivera find goodbye birdie co-star Dick Van Dyke for the first of four special performances of his show Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.

2006 Fayard Nicolasthe surviving half of the athletic stage and screen tap-dancing duo known as The Nicholas Brothers and a Tony Award-winning choreographer for black and bluedies at 91.

2008 S. Epatha Merkerson plays a wife trying to cope with loneliness, lust, and an alcoholic husband (Kevin Anderson) in a revival of Guillaume Inge1950 drama Come back, little Sheba at the Biltmore Theater.

2010 Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson star in a Broadway revival of Arthur Millerit is A view from the bridge. Johansson won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role.

2019 Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano play two brothers locked in their mother’s California home in a revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama true west.

More birthdays from today: Pierre Augustin Beaumarchais (1732-1799). Estelle Winwood (1883-1984). Vicki Baum (1888-1960). Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012). Donald Sadler (1918-2014). Helen Stenborg (1925-2011). Maria Grandchef (1925-2013). Sarah Ruhl (born in 1974). Carrie Coon (born in 1981). Daveed Diggs (born 1982).

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