1977 Martin Balsam and Paul Sparer play cancer patients finding different ways to accept their fates in Cold Storage. The drama by Ronald Ribman runs for six weeks at the American Place Theatre in New York.
1983 Playwright Neil Simon begins his Brighton Beach trilogy as Brighton Beach Memoirs opens at Broadway's Alvin Theatre. Matthew Broderick stars as Eugene Jerome, a role he reprises two years later in the trilogy's second play, Biloxi Blues.
2002 Two comedy giants die today. Milton Berle, the performer who straddled vaudeville, Broadway, radio, nightclubs, and movies before becoming the first star of the post-war industry known as television, dies at 93 in Los Angeles. Known as "Uncle Miltie," he appeared on Broadway in the Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1932, Saluta, See My Lawyer, and Ziegfeld Follies of 1943, and produced Broadway's I'll Take the High Road and Seventeen. He appeared in Top Banana on a summer stock tour in 1963. He also appeared on Broadway in Herb Gardner's The Goodbye People.
Also today, Dudley Moore, the diminutive actor who reached international heights starring in the film comedies 10 and Arthur, but who was known to theatregoers in London and New York for the revues Beyond the Fringe and Good Evening, dies at age 66.
2003 A Broadway adaptation of the film Urban Cowboy opens today, with score cobbled together from more than a dozen songwriters. After receiving harsh reviews, the show struggles on for 60 performances at the Broadhurst Theatre.
2008 Patti LuPone brings her summer 2007 Encores! revival of the musical Gypsy to Broadway, co-starring Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines. The three win 2008 Tony Awards for their performances. Librettist Arthur Laurents directs.
2011 Daniel Radcliffe climbs the ladder from window washer to corporate wunderkind in the 50th anniversary revival of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Rob Ashford directs and choreographs the musical, which features a score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert.
2012 The King's Speech, David Seidler's play that was adapted as the Oscar-winning 2010 feature film, opens at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre. Directed by Adrian Noble, the production stars Charles Edwards as King George VI and Jonathan Hyde as speech therapist Lionel Logue. The stage version does not repeat the film's success, and closes seven weeks later.
Watch highlights from the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe: