The Tony Award-nominated play by Lanford Wilson opened on Broadway at the New Apollo November 5, 1980.
Fifth of July, Lanford Wilson’s Tony-nominated play, opened on Broadway at the New Apollo Theatre November 5, 1980. Part of Wilson’s Talley family trilogy, Fifth of July tells the story of a paraplegic Vietnam War veteran preparing to sell his family's Missouri homestead to fellow college radicals of the 1960s. The production, directed by Marshall W. Mason and starring Christopher Reeve, Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz (who won a Tony for her performance), Mary Carver, Jonathan Hogan, Joyce Reehling, Danton Stone, and Amy Wright, ran for 511 performances before closing January 24, 1982.
Look Back at Christopher Reeve, Jeff Daniels, and more in The Fifth Of July
The prolific producer, along with frequent collaborator Neil Meron, was behind such musical-driven projects as Smash, NBC’s live musicals, and the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.