Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: March 8

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A scene from Greenwillow.
A scene from Greenwillow. (Friedman-Abeles / The New York Public Library)

1920 Ziegfeld Girls of 1920 enjoys a 78-performance run at the New Amsterdam Roof Theatre. This revue boasts the talents of Fanny Brice, W.C. Fields, and Eddie Cantor.

1932 Bert Lahr and Lupe Velez star in Hot-Cha! a musical by Mark Hellinger, Ray Henderson and Lew Brown. It runs 119 performances at the Ziegfeld Theatre. It's the last original musical produced by impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, who dies four months later.

1941 American novelist and playwright Sherwood Anderson died today in Panama. Two of his best known works are Winesburg, Ohio and Triumph of the Egg. He was 65 years old.

1960 At the movies, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" was opening, but star Anthony Perkins was returning to the stage to make his musical debut in Frank Loesser's Greenwillow. The production opens today at Broadway's Alvin Theatre.

1999 Everybody's Ruby, Thulani Davis' drama based on a true murder and the writer, Zora Neale Hurston, who covered the trial, opens tonight at the Joseph Papp Public/Anspacher Theater. Phylicia Rashad stars, with staging by Kenny Leon.

1999 Don't be afraid... Night Must Fall. Or maybe you should be. Matthew Broderick stars as Danny, smiling and sinister, in this revival of Emlyn Williams's 1936 thriller. Judy Parfitt and J. Smith-Cameron also star. John Tillinger directs at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre.

2009 Anna Manahan, the Tony winning Irish actress who played the monstrous mother Mag in Broadway's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, dies at age 84.

2015 Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in imagined meetings with each of her Prime Ministers, opens on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Mirren wins a Tony Award for her performance, as does Richard McCabe for his performance as Harold Wilson.

Today's Birthdays: Eileen Herlie 1918. Cyd Charisse 1922. Paul Shyre 1929. David Cryer 1936. Lynn Redgrave 1943. Carole Bayer Sager 1947.