Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: January 30


1911 Hugh Herbert Hipple was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After dropping two Hs, he becomes suave actor Hugh Marlowe. In 1940, he appeared in Elmer Rice’s Westward Flight.

1917 Joe Darion, lyricist of Man from La Mancha, was born (same day as his collaborator, see third entry for 1928). Darion also writes lyrics for Shin Alley and Ilya darling.

1928 Everything becomes one Strange interlude at the Theater d’Or. Eugene O’Neill’s nine-act saga of Nina Leeds and the men in her star life Lynn Fontanne. It has 426 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize.

1928 Producer/director Harold Prince was born. He receives a record 21 Tony Awards and is a producer and/or director of Broadway classics. fiddler on the roof, The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Avoided, Cabaret, Cursed Yankees, Follies, A little night music, Society, A funny thing happened on the way to the forum, and much more.

1928 Also born today: Mitch Leigh, composer of Man from La Mancha.

1929 Nice gesture comes to life at His Majesty’s Theater in London. Charles Mann and director Dean Basil adapted the play from PC Wren’s novel. Laurence Olivier is Beau guarding Fort Zindernauf until the end.

1935 Opening night for George Abbottthe comedy of the game Three men on a horse, featuring Garson Kanin, Shirley Booth, Sam Levene, and Hart teddy. It has 835 performances.

1936 Pick up where her late husband Florenz Ziegfeld leave behind, Billie Burk produced the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 with bob hope, Fanny Brice, Josephine Baker, Eve Arden, and Judy Canova. It organizes 227 performances at the Winter Garden.

1957 Eugenie, featuring Tallulah Bankhead, opens at the Ambassador Theater. the Randolph Carter adaptation of Henry James‘ novel Europeans plays only 12 performances. Herbert Machiz gives direction.

1958 Franklin Roosevelt’s life at the family retreat on Campobello Island, Maine is dramatized in Dore Scharyit is Sunrise in Campobello, which staged 556 performances at the Cort Theatre. Ralph Bellamy plays FDR. Also cast in a minor role: James Earl Jones.

1986 The Steppenwolf Theater Company production of Harold Pinterit is The Guardian opens at Circle in the Square, where it runs for 45 performances. The characteristics of the cast Gary Sinis, Jeff Perry, and Alan Wilder.

2006 Wendy Wasserstein, who dramatized the progress of her generation of women through a series of comedic and sad plays, including the Pulitzer Prize The Heidi Chronicles, died of lymphoma at age 55.

2011 Tennessee WilliamsThe milk train doesn’t stop here anymore, a rarely seen headline about a wealthy, aging Southern eccentric barking her memoir to a secretary as a harbinger of death climbs the hill, opens Off-Broadway at Roundabout Theater Companyof the Laura Pels theatre. Olympia Dukakis plays the role of the widow Flora Goforth.

2015 Geraldine McEwan, a well-respected British stage actor who was adept at both comedy and drama, and who is perhaps best known as Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s detective in a series of BBC films , died at age 82. McEwan starred in early incarnations of both the Shakespeare’s Royal Company and the National Theater, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Old Woman in a 1998 Broadway revival The chairs.

More birthdays from today: david wayne (1914-1995). Bernard Gersten (1923-2020). Ruth Brown (1928-2006). Hackman Gene (born in 1930). Gino Conforti (born in 1932). Tammy Grimes (1934-2016). Vanessa Redgrave (born in 1937). Charles S. Dutton (born in 1951). Norbert Leo Butz (born in 1967). Lena Hall (born in 1980).


41 Hal Prince Playbills presented on Broadway

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