Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: May 20

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1919 Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse call it Time to fuck at the Winter Garden Theater in London. Ivan Caryll provides the music for the story of the complications that arise when French ladies carry on a correspondence with younger men during the war. Lip lock for 430 performances.

1936 The hosts of the New Theater in London Theodore Komisarjevskythe staging of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. In the cast are Edith Evans, John Gielgudand Alec Guinness.

1969 The Corporation du Grand Théâtre de Québec is founded to promote the arts in Quebec, Canada. The building has a large 1,800-seat theater for operas, concerts and plays; a modular hall with 300 to 600 seats for plays; and a music conservatory for 250 to 350 students.

1990 The fateful four in Plaid forever harmonize their way to Off-Broadway’s Steve McGraw’s Supper Club (renamed the Triad Theater years later). Stan Chandler, David Engel, Jason Graaeand Guy Stroman compose the cast of Stuart Ross‘ musical about a quartet that gives its last show in which it has never participated.

1999 Next year’s Tony nominees Philip Seymour Hoffman (true west) and Amy Ryan (Uncle Vanya) star in the Drama Dept. Richard Greenbergit’s The author’s voice and Pierre HedgesImagine Brad. Evan Yionoulis directs both productions at the Greenwich House Theatre.

2001 seusticthe Broadway musical based on the stories of Dr Seussends after a tumultuous seven-month run.

2001 The producers won most of the top music awards at the Drama Desk Awards, setting the stage for his record-breaking Tony Award win a few weeks later.

2012 Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent Old Jews telling jokes, a comedic evening whose title says it all, opens Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. The stars of the magazine Bill Army, Marilyn SokolTodd Susman, Audrey Lynn Weston and Lenny Wolpe.

Today’s birthdays: Miklos Laszlo (1903-1973); James Stuart (1908–1997); Towers of Constance (born in 1933); Judy Kuhn (born 1958); Bronson Pinchot (born in 1959); Lisa Kron (born 1961); Sierra Bogges (born in 1982).


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