1937 Ethel Barrymore and Dudley Digges star in The Ghost of Yankee Doodle. Written by Sidney Howard, the play deals with a pacifist whose industrialist family stands to profit from selling arms to Japan. It runs for 48 performances.
1965 Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion live "The Impossible Dream" as their musical, Man of La Mancha, opens at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre. The pre-Broadway run stars people who also comprise the original Broadway cast including Richard Kiley in the title role. His co-stars include Irving Jacobson, Joan Diener, Ray Middleton, and Robert Rounseville. Future actors to play Don Quixote over the 2,328 performance run include José Ferrer, John Cullum, Hal Holbrook, and Lloyd Bridges.
1979 The official opening of Adelaide Court/Cour Adelaide in Toronto, Canada. The old York County Courthouse has been renovated at a cost of $2.3 million and houses the Adelaide Theatre and the Cort Theatre.
1994 The first day of business at the new theatre website Playbill On-Line.
1999 The Public Theater continues to foster up-and-coming playwright Suzan-Lori Parks as her second production there, In the Blood, opens at the Shiva Theater. A modern-day Scarlet Letter, In the Blood follows an unmarried mother struggling to raise her children. It runs 32 performances. Two years later, Parks returns to to the Public with Topdog/Underdog, which earns her the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
2004 Woody Allen returns to the stage to direct his new play, A Second Hand Memory, about a family of misfits. Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company hosts the premiere, which stars Kate Blumberg, Beth Fowler, Dominic Chianese, and Michael McKean.
2004 Ronald Bryden, 77, a literary adviser to the Shaw Festival in Canada, and one of the leading theatre critics in the English-speaking world, dies of complications following recent heart surgery.
2013 Regular Singing, the final work in Richard Nelson's The Apple Family Plays series, opens at The Public Theater on the day in which it is set, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It stars Maryann Plunkett, Jon DeVries, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, Stephen Kunken, and Sally Murphy.
2016 Food Network celebrity chef Alton Brown brings his live culinary show, Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, to Broadway for an eight-performance run. Billed as a "culinary variety show," the show combines songs, comedy, puppets, and food demonstrations.
Take a look through photos of Man of La Mancha from its original production, Broadway revivals, and regional stagings: