Playbill Vault’s Today in Theater History: April 30


1924 Birthday of Sheldon Harnick, who writes lyrics for musicals, including Fiorello!, She loves me, The apple treeand fiddler on the roof.

1936 To prove that our tax money can be spent in very suspicious ways, Pre-honeymoon, Anne Nichols‘ comedy about a senator engaged but having one last fling fills the Lyceum Theatre. Jessie Royce Landis and Clyde Fillmore are the frontrunners in the eight-month Broadway run.

1948 Based on John Gunther’s best-selling book, foam deer, Arnold Auerbachand Arnold Horwitt write the musical review Inside the United States The songs are by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. The great casting, led by Beatrice Lilywho also conducts a choral ode to Pittsburgh, conducts 399 performances.

1957 Australian Ray Lawlerthe drama The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is performed by an Australian company at the New Theater in London. Queensland sugar cane cutters story wins 254 screenings.

1972 It’s not a full term, it’s just An Evening with Richard Nixon. Gore VidalThe president’s satire only played two weeks at the Shubert Theater on Broadway. Edwin Sherin leads and George S. Irving portrays Nixon.

1980 Barnum, a musical account of the life of PT Barnum with a score by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart, opens at the St. James Theatre. Starring Jim Dale as Barnum and Glenn Close as his wife, Chairy, the musical ran for two years and won three Tony Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for Dale.

1996 Sam Shepard sees his buried child opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Steppenwolf Theater CompanyThe production of , about a family with a terrible secret, is directed by Gary Sinis and features James Gamon, Jim Trueand Lois Smith. The play comes to Broadway nearly two decades after winning the Pulitzer Prize for its original Off-Broadway production.

2000 Anton Chekhovit is Uncle Vanyafeaturing Mr. Derek Jacobi, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. the Roundabout Theater Companyproducing the show’s co-stars Roger Rees and Laura Linney. Michael Mayer directed.

2002 Stephen Sondheim and James Rabbitit is In the woods is revived on Broadway with vanessa williams, Laura Benantiand John McMartin. The production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

2003 Oscar winners Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei star in a Broadway revival of Oscar Wildeit is Salome. Diane West and David Strathairn co-starred in the production at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

2008 Thurgood—a solo piece featuring Laurence Fishburne as civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall – opens at the Booth Theater.

2009 Country star and actor Dolly Parton made her Broadway debut as the songwriter-lyricist of 9 to 5, opening at the Marquis Theatre. Based on the film by Patricia Resnick (who also wrote the musical’s libretto), the story of the conflicts between female office workers and their macho male bosses Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Blockand Megan Hilly. It offers 148 performances.

2009 The Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway Revival Samuel Beckettit is Waiting for Godotthe modern classic set in a desert, opens at Studio 54. Production stars Bill Irwin, Nathan Lane, John Gloverand John Goodman.

2014 Nicholas Martin, a director who brought his sharp, intelligent and brilliant style to the critical works of Mark Hampton, Becky Mode and, in particular, Christophe Durangdies at age 75. Martin has also served as artistic director of two nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts: Huntington Theater Company and Williamstown Theater Festival.

Today’s birthdays: Eve Arden (1908-1990). Cloris Leachman (1926-2021). Jane Greenwood (born in 1934). Jill Clayburg (1944-2010). Craig Lucas (born in 1951).


A look back at Stephanie J. Block, Allison Janney and Megan Hilty in 9 to 5 on Broadway

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