Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: May 30

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: May 30
Idina Menzel in <i>Wicked</i>
Idina Menzel in Wicked Joan Marcus

1868 Birthday of producer/director/manager Charles Dillingham (1868-1934), whose productions included As Good as New, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, Sunny, Bulldog Drummond, The Red Mill and dozens more.

1962 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical Brigadoon was revived by the New York City Center Light Opera Company. The production, under the direction of Jean Dalrymple, played at City Center, with actor Peter Palmer in the role of Tommy Albright.

1971 Birthday of Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel, who will originate the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked, and provide the voice for Elsa in the Disney animated film Frozen.

1985 John Malkovich directs a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man on Broadway at Circle in the Square. The production, which stars Kevin Kline and Raul Julia, will run for 109 performances.

1996 Tartuffe: Born Again, an updated version of Moliere’s Tartuffe by Freyda Thomas, opens on Broadway at Circle In The Square. It stars John Glover, Alison Fraser and Jane Krakowski. The production will close less than a month later, after only 25 performances.

1999 The second Broadway version of The Scarlet Pimpernel will close tonight at the Minskoff Theatre. A few months later (Sep. 10), the Frank Wildhorn musical will return to New York in a third and scaled-back incarnation at the Neil Simon Theatre.

2013 An Off-Broadway revival of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, starring Christopher Lloyd and featuring music by Duncan Sheik, opens at Classic Stage Company. Brian Kulick directs a cast that also include Mary Testa and Elizabeth A. Davis.

More of Today's Birthdays: Cornelia Otis Skinner 1889. Benny Goodman 1909. Henry Lascoe 1912. Joseph Stein 1912. John Heffernan 1934. Ann Hampton Callaway 1958. Tonya Pinkins 1962. Idina Menzel 1971.

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