Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: March 2

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1900 Composer Kurt Weill was born in Dessau, Germany. He composes the scores of Bertolt Brecht threepenny opera and Rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny. His biggest hit on Broadway was the 1941 musical lady in the darkwritten with Moss Hart and Ira Gershwin, which has 467 performances.

1921 The Klaw Theater on West 45th Street opens with a production of Rachel Crothersnice people. Property of the theater producer Marc Klawthe house was renamed the Avon in 1929. Colombia Broadcasting System took it over for his radio studio in 1934. The theater was demolished in 1954.

1955 Harold Clurman directed Bus stop. Kim Stanley and Elaine Stritch are two of the passengers stranded in the Guillaume Inge player.

1960 Don Ameche stars in the memorable flop 13 girlswith book, music and lyrics by Eaton Magoon, Jr. The show runs 28 performances at the 54th Street Theater.

1975 Has anyone guessed the careers Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Bill Murray would they have? All three appear in The national lantern show at the New York Palladium. The journal edited by Martin Charninlasts 23 weeks.

1989 Ken Ludwigit is lend me a tenor, featuring Victor Garber, Philip Boscoand Tovah Feldshuh, opens on Broadway at the Royale Theatre. Bosco and director Jerry Zaks win Tony Awards for their work.

1995 Opening night for Smokey Joe Coffeethe musical review saluting the songs of Jerry Leiber and mike stoler. Directed by Jerry Zaksthe show ran for 2,036 performances at the Virginia Theater, making it the longest-running revue in Broadway history except Oh! Calcutta!

2000 Susan Stroman and John Weidmanthe dance game Contact begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show, which sold out its Off-Broadway run at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, is gaining Broadway status (and Tony eligibility) in the movement. It officially opens on March 30 and wins the Tony Award for Best Musical, despite using an entirely pre-recorded score of jazz music and pop bits.

2014 The New York premiere of Sarah Ruhlromantic comedy stage kiss opens Off-Broadway at Playwrights’ horizons. Jessica Hecht and Dominique Fumusa star as actors in a forgotten 1930s melodrama who quickly lose touch with reality as their onstage story follows them offstage.

2017 by Joshua Harman Important Other opens on Broadway at the Booth Theater, after a successful Off-Broadway run. Gideon Glick stars as a gay, single, twenty-something New Yorker whose bond with his once-inseparable group of friends begins to sever as the women in his life marry. The production has 61 performances.

2020 Society returns to Broadway (with a twist) as a new revival of the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical begins previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. Marianne Elliott’s gender-reversed production was supposed to officially open on March 22 – Sondheim’s 90th birthday – but is currently on hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic. Two Tony winners headlining the direction: Katrina Lenk (The group visit) as Bobbie (a new take on the musical’s central Bobby) and Patti LuPone (Evita, gypsy) as Joanne.

2020 Diana, the new musical about the late Princess of Wales, begins previews at Broadway’s Longacre Theater March. The musical, which is scheduled to officially open on March 31, is currently on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jeanne de Waal (Naughty boots) stars, alongside Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie (side show) as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye (good job if you can get itlisten)) as Queen Elizabeth.

More birthdays from today: Mark Blitzstein (1905-1964). Martin Ritte (1914-1990). Desi Arnaz (1917-1986). Eddie Laurent (1919-2014). Lilo (born in 1925). John Cullum (born in 1930). Daniel Craig (born in 1968).

Watch Anika Noni Rose and Raúl Esparza rehearse for a 2013 production of Marc Blitzstein’s musical The cradle will tip over:


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