Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: April 28

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: April 28
Robert Cuccioli in Jekyll & Hyde.
Robert Cuccioli in Jekyll & Hyde. Carol Rosegg

1900 Cho-Cho San and her passionate and tragic love illuminate David Belasco's adaptation of John Luther Long's story, Madame Butterfly. It is oddly paired on a double bill at The Duke of York's Theatre in London, with a comedy by Jerome K. Jerome, Miss Hobbs. Giacomo Puccini will later use the Belasco play as the basis for his opera.

1976 As a woman who rarely left her home but had an intricate imagination, Julie Harris is Emily Dickinson. Playwright William Luce calls the poet The Belle of Amherst. This one-woman show will inhabit the Longacre Theatre on Broadway for 15 weeks and become one of Harris' signature roles.

1976 At the Royal Shakespeare Company's Aldwych Theatre in London, David Jones directs Maxim Gorky's The Zykovs. Paul Rogers and Mia Farrow are in the cast.

1988 Rook to downstage-right. The Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice musical Chess, about the cold war, opens at the Imperial Theatre. Trevor Nunn directs a cast that includes Judy Kuhn, David Carroll and Harry Goz.

1990 A Chorus Line ends its extraordinary run after 6,137 performances. Cats and others would eventually prowl onward, but back then, this Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante musical was the longest-running show in Broadway history.

1997 When a doctor really doesn't feel like himself it could turn chilling -- or into a musical. Opening tonight is Jekyll & Hyde, with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frank Wildhorn. Robert Cuccioli stars with Linda Eder and Christiane Noll. This adaptation of the novella of Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," will run for 1,543 performances at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway.

2010 Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson play two female writers who help and challenge one another in the Broadway debut of Donald Margulies' Collected Stories at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

2011 The People in the Picture, the original musical that stars Donna Murphy as an American grandmother grandmother trying to keep alive her days in Polish Yiddish theatre through her granddaughter, opens on Broadway at Studio 54. Presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, the musical has libretto and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart, and music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler.

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