1946 Birthday of actor and singer Liza Minnelli, star of Cabaret on film, and Broadway musicals including Flora, the Red Menace, The Rink, The Act, and Minnelli on Minnelli, among many other projects.
1987 Jean Valjean begins his years of hiding from Javert as Les Misérables opens on Broadway. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg based their book on the novel by Victor Hugo. Music is provided by Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Trevor Nunn stages. Colm Wilkinson and Terrence Mann star as the arch enemies. It runs for 6,680 performances, and for a time becomes the second longest running show in Broadway history.
1998 The hills are revived! A new production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1959 musical The Sound Of Music opens on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre. Rebecca Luker stars as the problem-to-be-solved Maria and Michael Siberry as the Captain with a flock of children.
2003 Lynne Thigpen, the respected actor with the rich, strong voice who won a Tony Award for An American Daughter on Broadway, dies in her Los Angeles home at age 54. She also appeared in the original cast of Godspell and was widely known for starring on television in the CBS drama The District and the PBS educational series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
2007 Vilma Ebsen, 96, who, with her brother Buddy, danced through three Broadway shows and one Hollywood musical, dies in California.
2013 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Simon Stephens' stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel of the same name, opens at London's Apollo Theatre. The production, directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Luke Treadaway, originally premiered at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production wins seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play.
Watch Liza Minnelli duet with Alan Cumming at their 2013 Town Hall concert: