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Monday, August 24, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: August 24 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1985 Morrie Ryskind dies in his home in Washington, DC. The playwright who collaborated with George S. Kaufman, Ira Gershwin, and George Gershwin on three musicals, Strike Up the Band, Let &…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: August 23 by Robert Viagas and Doug Nevin

1852 Broadway premiere of Uncle Tom's Cabin, based on the novel about slavery by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: August 12 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1881 Birthday of Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), who began his career as a Broadway actor in shows including Hearts Are Trumps and To Have and To Hold, and a Broadway playwright and produc…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, August 10, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: August 10 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas and Doug Nevin

1911 Birthday of playwright Jerome Chodorov, who wrote the play, My Sister Eileen, which he later adapted as the book for the musical Wonderful Town, which won him a Tony Award. Other plays …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:32AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: August 5 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1977 All Broadway marquee lights are dimmed tonight in honor of actor Alfred Lunt who died two days earlier. This is only the third time up to that point that such an action has been taken.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: August 1 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1921 Opening night of the popular farce Getting Gertie's Garter about a man who gives a young woman a jeweled garter, then schemes to get it back before his fiance finds out.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, July 31, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 31 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1967 Judy Garland is At Home at the Palace for a four week engagement at the famed theatre. Following a first act of vaudeville comic Jackie Vernon, soft-shoe and tap dancer John Bubbles…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 26 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1856 A Dramatic genius is born today in the person of George Bernard Shaw. Among Shaw's many playwriting credits will be Pygmalion, Man and Superman and Saint Joan. The former play, a co…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 25 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas and Doug Nevin

1853 Birthday of Broadway impresario David Belasco, namesake of the Belasco Theatre, who wrote and/or produced dozens of plays including The Return of Peter Grimm and Laugh, Clown, Laugh!, a…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, July 24, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 24 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1920 Producer Alexander H. Cohen, known for bringing quality plays to Broadway for six decades, is born today. Lastly represented on Broadway by the Noel Coward play, Waiting in the Wings, s…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, July 20, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 20 by Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin, Robert Viagas

1961 Stop The World - I Want To Get Off opens tonight at the Queen's Theatre on London's West End. The musical, which follows the life of one man from birth to death, will run 4…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 18 by Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1928 Following the birth of "talkie" films, Variety prints an article focusing on the amount of legit theatre talent that is being sought for this new medium. Among those stage act…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, July 17, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 17 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1953 Actress Maude Adams dies today. Born in 1873, Adams, at the age of 32, played the title role in James M. Barrie's Peter Pan when it had its American premiere at the Empire Theatre i…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 15 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas and Doug Nevinand

1856 Birthday of prolific producer Charles Frohman (1856-1915) who, often in collaboration with his brothers Daniel and Gustave, produced dozens of Broadway shows including Sherlock Holm…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, July 13, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 13 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1940 Actor Patrick Stewart is born today. A Shakespearean-trained actor, Stewart's Broadway appearances will include a solo production of A Christmas Carol, William Shakespeare&a…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:22AM
Friday, July 10, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 10 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1931 "It's Today" — that Jerry Herman is born. Herman will become one of Broadway's great musical theatre composers. Among his esteemed credits are the hits Hello, Dolly!…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 7 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1976 After two years of playing downtown at the Village Gate Theatre, Earl Wilson, Jr.'s play Let My People Come makes the move uptown to Broadway's Morosco Theatre. The show, which …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, July 5, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 5 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin

1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the American National Theatre and Academy bill today, calling for a self-supporting national theatre. ANTA will get off to a slow start but wil…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, July 3, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 3 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1878 The original Yankee Doodle Dandy, George M. Cohan (1878-1942) is born on the 3rd of July, (not the 4th as was family legend) says. A member of the vaudeville team The Four Cohans wi…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, June 29, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 29 by Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas and Doug Nevins

1954 A star is born as Carol Haney's understudy in The Pajama Game goes on in place of the ailing actress and is discovered by theatre critic George Freedly. Writes Freedly in his review…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 18 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevins

1956 The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario kicks off its season with productions of Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. Also include…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 17 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevins

1943 George Marion, Jr. and Thomas "Fats" Waller's Early to Bed — the first musical comedy of the 1943-1944 season — opens on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. Descr…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, June 15, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 15 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevins and Robert Viagas

1894 Birthday of Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981), orchestrator of Broadway classics including the original Sunny; Show Boat; Anything Goes; Oklahoma!; Annie Get Your Gun; Kiss Me, Kat…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:00AM
Friday, June 12, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 12 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Doug Nevins

1961 American ideals and and practices are put on trial as The Red Eye of Love opens at New York's Living Theatre. The satire by Arnold Weinstein will last 169 performances.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, August 24, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 24 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1985 Morrie Ryskind dies in his home in Washington, DC. The playwright who collaborated with George S. Kaufman, Ira Gershwin, and George Gershwin on three musicals, Strike Up the Band, Let &…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, August 23, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 23 by Robert Viagas and Doug Nevin

1852 Broadway premiere of Uncle Tom's Cabin, based on the novel about slavery by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, August 12, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 12 by Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1881 Birthday of Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), who began his career as a Broadway actor in shows including Hearts Are Trumps and To Have and To Hold, and a Broadway playwright and producer, …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, August 10, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 10 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas and Doug Nevin

1911 Birthday of playwright Jerome Chodorov, who wrote the play, My Sister Eileen, which he later adapted as the book for the musical Wonderful Town, which won him a Tony Award. Other plays …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, August 5, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 5 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas

1977 All Broadway marquee lights are dimmed tonight in honor of actor Alfred Lunt who died two days earlier. This is only the third time up to that point that such an action has been taken.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 1 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1921 Opening night of the popular farce Getting Gertie's Garter about a man who gives a young woman a jeweled garter, then schemes to get it back before his fiance finds out.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JULY 31 by David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin

1969 Talk about a writer's revenge! Josef Bush, who has adapted De Sade Illustrated at Off-Broadway's Bouwerie Theatre, wreaks havoc on the set, spreading white paint all over it. Hi…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM

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