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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 6 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1954 Playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein is born today. Fierstein will win Tony Awards for writing and performing in his play Torch Song Trilogy, as well as for his book for the musical La…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 5 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1939 Actor James Barton, a star of the Broadway hit Tobacco Road, returns to the show today after having been fired the previous February after quarreling with his co-stars backstage. Bo…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: June 2 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1954 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carousel is revived for a ten-week run at the New York City Center. In the cast are Barbara Cook and Jo Sullivan.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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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Monday, May 18, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 18 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1923 Sweet Nell of Old Drury runs beyond the season at the 48th Street Theatre in New York. Alfred Lunt stars as Charles II and Laurette Taylor as his mistress Nell Gwynne. Lynn Fontanne and…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: March 31 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1922 Birthday of actor Richard Kiley (1922-1999), who will create memorable roles in mid-20th century musicals, including Kismet, Redhead, No Strings and his signature role, the titl…

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Friday, February 13, 2015

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

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

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 8 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, 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 in 1965 be featured in Man of La Mancha.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S 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 t…

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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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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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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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Sunday, December 7, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 7 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley, Christopher Reichheld and Sam Maher

1879 Composer Rudolf Friml (1879-1972) is born in Prague. He will emigrate to the U.S. and become one of the top Broadway operetta composers of the 1910s and 1920s. His works will includ…

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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

1860 Birthday of Lillian Russell (1860-1922), who became the epitome of Gilded Age female sex appeal and stage presence starting in vaudeville at Tony Pastor's Theatre and graduating…

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: NOVEMBER 27 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Steve Luber

1906 Anna Held is The Parisian Model who inherits money mysteriously. Harry B. Smith provides the book and lyrics to Max Hoffman's score. While the show is directed by Julian Mitchell, t…

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Monday, November 24, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 24 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley, Steve Luber and Sam Maher

1849 Birthday of author Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), author of several Broadway plays in the early the 20th century, including Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, The Pr…

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Monday, November 10, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 10 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Steve Luber

1900 Opening night of legendary musical Floradora at the Casino Theatre for a 553-performance run — the first major hit of the 20th century. The production is remembered principally fo…

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 9 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Steve Luber

1818 Playwright and novelist Ivan Turgenev is born in Russia. His most notable play is A Month in the Country, but he will make a bit of history in 2002 when his 150-year-old play Fo…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PLAYBILL VAULT'S 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 t…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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

1860 Birthday of Lillian Russell (1860-1922), who became the epitome of Gilded Age female sex appeal and stage presence starting in vaudeville at Tony Pastor's Theatre and graduating to …

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 10 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Steve Luber

1900 Opening night of legendary musical Floradora at the Casino Theatre for a 553-performance run — the first major hit of the 20th century. The production is remembered principally for the…

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 31 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1922 Birthday of actor Richard Kiley (1922-1999), who will create memorable roles in mid-20th century musicals, including Kismet, Redhead, No Strings and his signature role, the title charac…

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Friday, December 21, 2012

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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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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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Monday, December 17, 2012

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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Friday, December 14, 2012

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 Search of…

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Friday, December 7, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: DECEMBER 7 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley, Christopher Reichheld and Sam Maher

1879 Composer Rudolf Friml (1879-1972) is born in Prague. He will emigrate to the U.S. and become one of the top Broadway operetta composers of the 1910s and 1920s. His works will include Th…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: NOVEMBER 27 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Steve Luber

1906 Anna Held is The Parisian Model who inherits money mysteriously. Harry B. Smith provides the book and lyrics to Max Hoffman's score. While the show is directed by Julian Mitchell, t…

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 24 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley, Steve Luber and Sam Maher

1849 Birthday of author Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), author of several Broadway plays in the early the 20th century, including Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, The Pretty…

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Friday, November 9, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 9 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Steve Luber

1818 Playwright and novelist Ivan Turgenev is born in Russia. His most notable play is A Month in the Country, but he will make a bit of history in 2002 when his 150-year-old play Fortune's …

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