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Monday, January 12, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 12 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1878 Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952) is born today in Budapest. He will write The Good Fairy, The Play's the Thing, The Guardsman, The Swan and Liliom, the latter of…

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 11 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1899 "I would rather play Ibsen than eat — and that's often what it amounts to," said Eva Le Gallienne, born in London today. Her determination and drive will lead her to a s…

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 10 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1820 Birthday of Louisa Lane Drew, matriarch of the Drew and Barrymore acting dynasty that would eventually include John Drew, Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and today'…

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Friday, January 9, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 9 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1890 Playwright Karel Capek (1890-1938) is born today in Bohemia. His 1920's play R. U. R. will introduce the word "robot" (from the Czech word for worker) and show robots …

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 8 by David Gewirtzman and Roebrt Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1900 Blanche Bates, who will go on to play Cho-Cho San in Madame Butterfly, now stars in David Belasco's Naughty Anthony. Oliver Redpath co-stars in this comedy at the Herald Squ…

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 7 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1923 Future actor Vincenzio Scognamiglio is born in Naples, Italy. Doesn't sound familiar? Try Vincent Gardenia, who will appear on the stage in The Wall, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, …

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 6 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1768 Birthday of John Durang (1768-1816), identified by scholars as one of the first American-born professional dancers and actors. Known for his "Dwarf Dance," "Sailo…

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Monday, January 5, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 5 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1894 U.S. premiere of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Ida Jeffries Goodfriend, at the Berkeley Lyceum Theatre.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 4 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1905 Quivery-voiced actor Sterling Holloway (1905-1992) is born today in Cedartown, GA. He will become a fixture of Broadway's The Garrick Gaieties revues of the 1920s and '3…

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 3 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1909 Birthday of Victor Borge (1909-2000), pianist and comedian whose 1953 Comedy in Music ran 888 performances, the longest run ever for a solo musical on Broadway. He followed it with …

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Friday, January 2, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 2 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1910 American actress Agnes Booth dies today at age of 63. She was the wife of Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. and the sister-in-law of Edwin Booth.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 1 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradleyand

1900 Chris and the Wonderful Lamp is based on the Arabian Nights and opens at Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre in New York. This musical, with a book by Glen MacDonough and score by John P…

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 31 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Christopher Reichheld and Robert Viagas

1879 World premiere of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York, with Alice Barnett as Ruth.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 30 by Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld and Robert Viagas

1907 In The Comet Alla Nazimova plays a woman who falls in love with her former lover's son, who eventually kills himself. This first play for Owen Johnson will run for seven weeks.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 29 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradleyand

1919 The Lafayette Players of New York, a black troupe, opens the newest theatre in Philadelphia, the Dunbar, with a production of Within the Law. The house, named for poet Paul Lawrence Dun…

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 28 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradleyand

1925 Queenie Smith is featured in Tip-Toes, the George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin musical about a vaudeville trio stranded in Florida. It introduces the song "Sweet and Low Down, and…

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 27 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradleyand

1920 Brock Pemberton's Miss Lulu Bett opens today at the Belmont Theatre. It will run 198 performances and win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 26 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradleyand

1904 Maude Adams returns to Broadway with a revival of J.M. Barrie's The Little Minister. It opens tonight and runs just 73 performances. A year later she'll be back with a better Ba…

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 25 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld

1865 Birthday of Fay Templeton (1865-1939), durable musical comedy actress from the 1870s to the 1930s. Her appearances include Roberta, Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway and Fiddle&#…

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 24 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1904 Lillian Russell, a.k.a Diamond Lil, stars in Lady Teazle, a musical based on The School for Scandal. John Kendrick Bangs and Roderic C. Penfield provide the music to a score by A. Baldw…

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 23 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1893 Birthday of dancer Ann Pennington (1893-1971), who would display her fabled dimpled knee in many editions of The Ziegfeld Follies and George White's Scandals from 1913 to 1928.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 22 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradleyand

1639 Jean Racine (1639-1699) is born today in France. He will go on to write classics Phedre and Bérénice.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 21 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld

1889 Beatrice Cameron stars as Nora Helmer in the U.S. premiere of Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking drama, A Doll's House at Palmer's Theatre.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 20 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1912 Laurette Taylor stars in Peg O' My Heart, written and directed by her husband, J. Hartley Manners. This story of a winsome orphan becomes a vehicle for Taylor, and she will revive …

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Friday, December 19, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 19 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1865 Birthday of Mary Augusta Davey, who acted under the names Minnie Maddern, Minnie Maddern Fiske and Mrs. Fiske (1865-1932). Performer, director and producer of many dramas before and…

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 18 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld

1907 Playwright Christopher Fry (1907-2005), author of Ring Round the Moon and The Lady's Not for Burning, is born, with the additional surname of Harris, in Bristol, England.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 17 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld

1906 Opening night for Lew Dockstader's Minstrels, the final Broadway appearance for one of the last of the great minstrel shows. It runs 26 performances at The New York Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 16 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley, Christopher Reichheld and David Lefkowitz

1899 Noël Coward is born today. He authored plays such as Hay Fever, Design for Living and Private Lives, many of which he performed in; scripts for the films "Brief Encounter" an…

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Monday, December 15, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 15 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley, Christopher Reichheld and Sam Maherand

1919 Frank McGlyn is Abraham Lincoln in John Drinkwater's drama. The story follows Lincoln's life from 1860 to his assassination in 1865. There will be 193 performances at the Cort T…

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 14 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley, Christopher Reichheld and Sam Maher

1885 Birthday of Brock Pemberton (1885-1950), producer of many Broadway plays and comedies during a 30-year career, including the original Harvey, Miss Lulu Bett, Six Characters in S…

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 13 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1925 Birthday in West Plains, MO, of actor Dick Van Dyke, who will appear on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie and The Girls Against the Boys, and create memorable TV and film roles in "The Di…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:28AM

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