Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: June 2

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1954 Rodgers and Hammerstein Carousel is relaunched for a 10-week run in downtown New York. In the cast are Barbara Cook and Jo Sullivan.

1955 Michael redgrave directs the cast of Tiger at the gates. Christophe fryadaptation of Jean Giraudoux‘s The Trojan War will not take place describes the Trojan hero Hector and his determination to avoid war with Greece. The play lasts 13 weeks at the Apollo Theater in London.

1982 Designer-director Sheldon epps adds a touch of blue to the Grande Voie Blanche while its Blues in the night opens on Broadway. The cast at the Rialto Theater presents Leslie Uggams, Debbie shapiro, Jean Du Shon, and Charles H. Coleman. The musical focuses on the three woes of women, with 24 songs by various blues artists.

1999 Actor, composer, playwright and concert performer Hershey Felder open George Gershwin alone. His solo show (with music) premieres at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood. Production on George gershwin opened on Broadway two years later, on April 30, 2001, under the direction of Joel zwick.

2008 The revenge of a blonde enters the world of reality casting when MTV debuts Legally Blonde the Musical: In Search of Elle Woods. The series follows ten contestants, selected from a national cast, as they audition to star in the Broadway musical.

2013 Shadows draw closer to a Connecticut family at the world premiere of Far from the sky, featuring Kelli O’Hara, Steven pasquale, and Isaiah Johnson, opens Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Based on the 2002 Todd Haynes film, the musical has a book of Richard greenberg, music by Scott Frankel, and the words of Michael korie.

Today’s birthdays: Max Showalter (1917-2000); Milo O’Shea (1926-2013); Lenore Lonergan (1928-1987); Sally kellerman (born in 1937); Stacy keach (born in 1941); Marvin hamlisch (1944-2012); Joanna gleason (born in 1950); Norm Lewis (born in 1963); Zachary Quinto (born in 1977).

Watch Highlights from the 2013 Off-Broadway Production of Far from the sky:


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