1964 Composer-playwright Marc Blitzstein is murdered on Martinique, West Indies. He worked with the Mercury Theatre as composer-librettist of The Cradle Will Rock and also composed the incidental music for that company's production of Julius Caesar that same year. He adapted Bertold Brecht's The Threepenny Opera in 1955.
2003 A woman goes on a journey of the soul when she resolves to quit smoking Michael John LaChiusa's musical Little Fish, which begins performances today at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre. 2004 Ann Miller, the leggy, effervescent tap dancer who starred in Sugar Babies on Broadway and in the film versions of Kiss Me, Kate and On the Town, dies at age 80.
2009 A controlling mother, an unstable daughter and a handsome stranger are the trio at the center of Richard Greenberg's 1990 play, The American Plan, which opens in its Broadway debut at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. David Grindley directs the Manhattan Theatre Club production, starring Mercedes Ruehl, Lily Rabe and Kieran Campion.
Today's Birthdays August Strindberg 1849. Constance Collier 1878. George Balanchine 1904. Ann Sothern 1909. Lee Dixon 1914. Lemuel Ayers 1915. Sid Ramin 1919. Piper Laurie 1932. Emanuel Azenberg 1934. Bill Bixby 1934. Michael Cristofer 1945. Diane Lane 1965. Katie Finneran 1971.