Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 1

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 1
 
David Tennant and Catherine Tate in <i>Much Ado About Nothing</i>.
David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing. Johan Persson

1914 The Ziegfeld Follies of 1914 stars Ed Wynn. Leon Errol dances and co-directs with Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. There are 112 performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York.

1921 It's Gold that obsesses a sea captain in Eugene O'Neill's four-act tragedy. Willard Mack stars in what will be six performances at the Frazee Theatre in New York.

1971 Clark Gesner's musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown premieres on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Although the show was a huge success Off-Broadway, running 1,597 performances, the Broadway incarnation does not fare as well, lasting only 32 performances.

1978 Bernard Slade's Tribute, about a Hollywood publicity man who is dying of cancer and trying to make amends with the son he never got to know, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Jack Lemmon stars as the father in the production that plays 212 performances.

1998 A.R. Gurney's new play, Labor Day, opens at Off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club. John, the semi-autobiographical protagonist in Gurney's earlier The Cocktail Hour, reappears in the new work. The production is directed by Jack O'Brien.

2011 David Tennant and Catherine Tate, known to Doctor Who fans as the Doctor and Donna Noble, open in a production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre. Josie Rourke directs the limited summer run.

Today's Birthdays: John Van Druten 1901. Joan Copeland 1922. Andy Griffith 1926. Peter Masterson 1934. Morgan Freeman 1937. Cleavon Little 1939. Rene Auberjonois 1940. Jonathan Pryce 1947. Betsy Wolfe 1982.

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