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Monday, May 25, 2015

Today In Theatre History: MARCH 8 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1873 Birthday of singer/actress Anna Held, future wife of Florenz Ziegfeld, and the classic sexy French flirt of her era. She will play this role in a series of musical vehicles including La…

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Today In Theatre History: MARCH 9 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1856 Comedian Eddie Foy is born today. He'll star in vaudeville and on Broadway, notably in Mr. Hamlet of Broadway, The Earl and the Girl and Piff! Paff!! Pouf!!!. His son, Eddie Foy Jr., wi…

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Today In Theatre History: MARCH 14 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1911 Constance Collier, Tyrone Power (father of the future film star), and Sidney Greenstreet are in the cast of Thais. Paul Wilstach bases his play on the Anatole France story.

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Today In Theatre History: MARCH 15 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1926 Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock has its U.S. premiere at Broadway's Mayfair Theatre. It runs 74 performances.

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 27 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1848 English actress Ellen Terry is born today. She will make her American debut in 1883 with Henry Irving's company. She will go on to star in classic and contemporary works. The Terry fami…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 28 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1894 Birthday of playwright Ben Hecht (1894-1964) , author or co-author of The Front Page, Twentieth Century, Jumbo, The Egoist and The Great Magoo.

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Today In Theatre History: MARCH 11 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1930 Edward Franklin Albee, vaudeville producer and theatre owner, dies today in Palm Beach, Florida. He joined B.F. Keith in the presentation of variety shows and by 1920 had a vaudeville c…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 5 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1900 The scandalous Sapho [sic] is staged at Wallack's Theatre in New York. Based on Alphonse Daudet's novel, it stars Olga Nethersole as an evil woman who seduces a pure young man to keep a…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 6 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1946 Mary Martin and Yul Brynner play a Chinese couple who separate when the husband goes off on a quest in Lute Song. Raymond Scott composed the score, and Sidney Howard and Will Irwin wrot…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 22 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld

1912 Stop in at the Liberty Theatre in New York and see just what it takes when you're Elevating a Husband. Edward Everett Horton, Conway Tearle and Jessie Carter are among the cast of this …

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 21 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1903 Dorothy, The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are first seen on Broadway today in the original musical The Wizard of Oz, with music by Paul Tietjens and book and lyrics by L…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 25 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1915 It'll be 90 in the Shade for only 40 performances. The unpaid actors will refuse to go on in this musical with a Jerome Kern score and book by Guy Bolton. Richard Carle and Marie Cahill…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 30 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1911 Hugh Herbert Hipple is born today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After dropping two H's, he will become suave actor Hugh Marlowe. In 1940 he will appear in Elmer Rice's Flight To the We…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 14 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley

1882 Birthday of John Barrymore (1882-1942), actor in the grand style, and scion of the Barrymore acting clan. Though he began as a light comedian, he became identified with the classics, no…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 20 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley

1893 Birthday of playwright and producer Russel Crouse (1893-1966), whose prodigious output of scripts, many in partnership with Howard Lindsay, includes State of the Union and The Great Seb…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 21 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley

1879 John Wellington Wells deals his magic and spells for the first time on Broadway with the American premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer at the old Broadway Theatre.

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Today In Theatre History: MARCH 6 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley

1933 Maxwell Anderson indicts Both Your Houses, a political story at the Royale Theatre. Morris Carnovsky is in the cast of this Theatre Guild production. It will go on to win the Pulitzer P…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 1 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1860 Birthday of Victor Herbert (1860-1924), Broadway's operetta king, composer of Babes in Toyland, The Red Mill, Mlle. Modiste, Naughty Marietta, Sweethearts and numerous editions of the Z…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 4 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1938 Thornton Wilder turns the spotlight on the simple trials and tribulations of Our Town. Martha Scott and Frank Craven are among the cast at the Henry Miller Theatre. The production will …

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 8 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1907 Ray Middleton is born in Chicago, Illinois today. In 1946 he will star opposite Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun, and be featured in Man of La Mancha.

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 9 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1865 Birthday of actress Beatrice Stella Tanner, better known by her stage name, Mrs. Patrick Campbell (1865-1940). She had a long correspondence with playwright George Bernard Shaw, and app…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 13 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1904 Future set and costume designer Oliver Messel is born today in London.

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 17 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1902 Joseph Hart's popular musical Foxy Grandpa opens a 120-performance run today at the 14th Street Theatre.

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 18 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1859 Sholem Yakov Rabinowitz is born in Ukraine. Under the pen name Sholom Aleichim (1859-1916) he will write many stories in Yiddish, several of which will be adapted as plays, most notably…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 10 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1893 Birthday of Jimmy "Schnozzola" Durante (1893-1980), big-nosed comedian who would star on Broadway in Show Girl, The New Yorkers and Strike Me Pink. Catchphrases included "I got a millio…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 20 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1896 Say good morning, George. Actually it was "Nathan" then -- Nathan Birnbaum born today. As George Burns, he and Gracie Allen will become headliners of vaudeville. Together they will appe…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 24 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1776 Birthday of E.T.A. Hoffman (1776-1822), whose stories formed the basis of the ballets Coppelia and The Nutcracker.

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 26 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1925 Birthday of actor Paul Newman, who will star on Broadway in Picnic, The Sweet Bird of Youth and The Desperate Hours before going to Hollywood and becoming a film star. He will make a la…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 27 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1885 Birthday of master tunesmith Jerome Kern (1885-1945), who will write scores to many Broadway shows, including classics, Show Boat, Sally, Very Good Eddie and Roberta. His songs will res…

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Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 29 by Robert Viagas and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley

1860 Birthday of Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), one of the fathers of modern drama, whose comparatively small oeuvre includes classics The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Va…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 11 by Robert Viagas and Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley

1901 A man marries his fiancee On the Quiet because his parents want him to finish Yale. Playwright Augustus Thomas based this comedy on a real incident. It unfolds at the Madison Square The…

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