1937 Ethel Barrymore and Dudley Digges star in The Ghost of Yankee Doodle. Written by Sidney Howard, the play deals with a woman pacifist whose industrialist family stands to profit from selling arms to Japan. It runs for 48 performances.
1965 Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion are living "The Impossible Dream" tonight as their musical, Man of La Mancha, opens tonight at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre. This pre-Broadway run starred people who would comprise the original Broadway cast including Richard Kiley in the title role. His co-stars included 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 Tonight is 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.
1999 The Public Theater continues to foster up-and- coming playwright Suzan-Lori Parks as her second production there, In the Blood, opens tonight. A modern-day "Scarlet Letter," In the Blood follows an unmarried mother struggling to raise her children. It ran 32 performances.
2004 Woody Allen returns to the stage today 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 Also today, 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.