Today in Playbill Vault Theater History: February 11

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1901 A man hugs his fiancee Quiet because his parents want him to finish Yale. Playwright Augustus Thomas based the comedy on an actual incident. It takes place at the Madison Square Theater in New York.

1921 The Ambassador Theater opens on West 49th Street in New York with the musical The girl with roses through William Carey Duncan. Architect Herbert J. Krapp maximizes the use of space by designing the stage to cross the space diagonally. It is the first of six theaters built by the Shuberts on 48th and 49th Streets.

1929 Eugene O’Neill takes industrialization in its drama Dynamo, featuring Claudette Colbert and Dudley digs. Presented by The Theater Guild, it takes place at the Martin Beck Theater for 50 performances.

1958 John osborne and Anthony creighton write a Epitaph for George Dillon at the Royal Court Theater in London. Robert stephens is Dillon, a failed playwright who feels sorry for himself in search of an audience.

1960 Jack richardson‘s the prodigal, on ancient Greece, opened Off-Broadway at the Downtown Theater and toured there for several months.

1979 They play our song opens on Broadway at the Imperial Theater. The musical, with a book by Daniel Simon, is based on the life of a composer Marvin hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sayer, a true songwriter couple at the time.

1997 Whoopi goldberg takes over the role of Pseudolus in the Jerry zaks-directed takeover of Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove, and Larry Gelbart‘s A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. The previously male role was originally played by Nathan Way in the revival, and by Zero Mostel in the original 1962 production.

2002 A Who’s Who from Broadway converges on the Minskoff Theater to greet the late revered theater guru Lee strasberg and baptize a new award in his name. Among those present at the event: F. Murray Abraham, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Al Pacino, Marlo thomas, Ellen burstyn, Celeste Holm, and Patrick Wilson.

2004 The end Christophe plummer begins the performances of King Lear at the Vivan Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, in a performance that earned him a Tony nomination.

2012 The morning of 2 p.m. The Phantom of the Opera marks the 10,000th performance of the Broadway production. The recall celebration includes a note from director Harold Prince read by Phantom-at-the-time Hugues Panaro, and congratulations from the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh via a video stream.

Today’s birthdays: Fred saidy (1907-1982). Sidney sheldon (1917-2007). Eva gabor (1921-1995). Kim stanley (1925-2001). Tina Louise (born in 1935). Philippe Anglim (born 1953). Damian Lewis (born 1971). Brandy Norwood (born 1979).

Watch the recall of the 10,000th performance of The Phantom of the Opera:


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