Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: March 22

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: March 22
 
Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

1912 Karl Malden is born in Chicago, Illinois. He appears in numerous Broadway productions, most memorably as Mitch in the original A Streetcar Named Desire.

1923 Shhhh! Marcel Marceau is born in Strasbourg, France.

1930 It's the first day "Being Alive" for composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The songwriter of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Sunday in the Park With George, and lyricist of West Side Story and Gypsy is in good Company—Andrew Lloyd Webber shares the same birthdate (see below).

1948 Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is born. Officially dubbed "Lord Lloyd Webber" by Queen Elizabeth, the composer's recent shows include Love Never Dies, Stephen Ward, and School of Rock.

1962 Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould star in I Can Get It For You Wholesale at the Shubert in New York. Jerome Weidman adapts his own book with songs by Harold Rome. Arthur Laurents stages.

1973 Check into The Hot L Baltimore and you might be sitting in the lobby with Judd Hirsch. The Circle Theatre Company first produced Lanford Wilson's drama in a hotel lobby before moving it to the Circle in the Square. Marshall Mason directs for a run of 1,166 performances.

1990 John Steinbeck's contemporary classic novel is turned into a stageplay as The Grapes of Wrath opens at the Cort Theatre. The Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Frank Galati's adaptation stars Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise.

1997 A Prince turns to a King as Tony winner Faith Prince joins the cast of the revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The King and I at the Neil Simon Theatre. She replaces Donna Murphy as the woman who steals the heart of Lou Diamond Phillips.

2005 Stephen Sondheim's 75th birthday is marked with concerts around the U.S.

2009 Following a critically acclaimed London run, Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage opens on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the play stars James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and Hope Davis as the increasingly belligerent parents of two boys involved in a playground fight. The production wins three Tony Awards, including one for Best Play.

2011 Ghetto Klown, a solo show conceived by and starring John Leguizamo, opens at the Lyceum Theatre. The show takes audiences "from Leguizamo's childhood memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career in the 1980s avant-garde theatre scene, and on to the sets of major motion pictures."

2012 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock oratorio Jesus Christ Superstar gets a 21st-century makeover from Tony-winning director Des McAnuff in the critically acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival production, which opens on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. Paul Nolan stars as Jesus Christ, opposite Josh Young's Judas.

More of Today's Birthdays: Joseph Schildkraut 1896. Werner Klemperer 1920. William Shatner 1931. Richard Easton 1933.

Watch Lindsay Mendez sing a mashup of "You Must Love Me" (from Evita) and "Children Will Listen" (from Into the Woods) in honor of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim's shared birthday:

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