1856 Comedian Eddie Foy is born today. He'll star in vaudeville and on Broadway, notably in Mr. Hamlet of Broadway, The Earl and the Girl and Piff! Paff!! Pouf!!!. His son, Eddie Foy, Jr., will also star on Broadway.
1966 The English Stage Company is served 18 summonses as a result of William Gaskill's production of Edward Bond's controversial play, Saved. Lord Chamberlain had demanded certain changes be made; the company did not comply. Bond and the company are forced to pay costs.
1978 Moliere in Spite of Himself plays at the Colonnades Theatre Lab in New York. This drama is adapted and staged by Michel Lessac and it will run for 100 performances.
1978 Encompass Theatre, an off-off Broadway group, launches a series of plays titled Hear Their Voices: Women Founders of the American Theatre, 1910-1945.
1986 At the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of Hamlet, Kevin Kline will inhabit the "distracted globe" of the Bard's immortal counterpart. The stageplay will open at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and close May 11.
1989 Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles opens today at the Plymouth Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama stars Joan Allen and becomes something of a landmark in plays by and about modern American women.
2008 Following a 2007 Off-Broadway run at 37 Arts, In The Heights opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote and stars in the show about life among the Latino residents of Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, along with Mandy Gonzalez, Karen Olivo and Priscilla Lopez. The production will go on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
2010 Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, opens at the West End's Adelphi Theatre. Set at the Coney Island fairgrounds 10 years after The Phantom disappeared from the Paris Opera House, the musical stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom, and Sierra Boggess as Christine.