Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: July 19

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: July 19
Kyle Dean Massey, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in <i>Next to Normal.</i>
Kyle Dean Massey, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Next to Normal. Joan Marcus

1951 Dolores Gray and Bert Lahr lead a cast of 75 in the revue Two on the Aisle, opening on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre for a run of 276 performances. Abe Burrows directs the show with sketches and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Jule Styne. In his review for the New York Times, critic Brooks Atkinson calls Two on the Aisle "genuine entertainment, full of brains, talent, wit, humor and splendor."

1967 David Wayne, Constance Towers, and Barbara Cook are on-board the Cotton Blossom in a revival of the Oscar Hammerstein II-Jerome Kern musical, Show Boat, at the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center. Lawrence Kasha directs and Ron Field choreographs the production, which runs 63 performances.

1990 Got a dime? Off-Broadway's John Houseman Theatre becomes the Broadway Jukebox as Ed Linderman's musical revue opens. The show is new every night as audience members pick 30 songs to be performed from a collection of 90 Broadway showtunes from relatively obscure musicals. The impromptu players include Robert Michael Baker, Susan Flynn, Beth Leavel, Gerry McIntyre, Amelia Prentice, and Sal Viviano.

1999 Pretty in... Blues. Film star Andrew McCarthy takes over the role of Clifford in Warren Leight's 1999 Tony Award-winning jazz drama, Side Man. McCarthy, known for roles in movies such as Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, St. Elmo's Fire, and Weekend at Bernie's replaces Scott Wolf (from TV's Party of Five).

2002 Billy Joel's musical Movin' Out opens its tryout at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago. Mixed reviews prompt director/choreographer Twyla Tharp to overhaul the production, bringing it to Broadway three months later to acclaim, and to Tony Awards for both the primary creators.

2010 Husband-and-wife actors Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie join the cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal at the Booth Theatre. Mazzie and Danieley succeed Tony winner Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James, respectively, as Diana and Dan Goodman.

2011 Ghost – the Musical, a stage version of the Academy Award-winning 1990 non-musical film, opens in London at the Piccadilly Theatre. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the show features music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and a book by Bruce Joel Rubin. The production, including original stars Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy, transfers to Broadway in spring 2012.

Today's Birthdays: Pat Hingle 1924. Helen Gallagher 1926. Dennis Cole 1940. Mark O'Donnell 1954. Campbell Scott 1961.

Watch highlights from the 2011 London production of Ghost – the Musical:

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