1933 Birthright has just seven performances at the 49th Street Theatre. Richard Maibaum's play deals with the suffering of a German-Jewish family under the Nazi regime.
1934 With words and music by Cole Porter, Anything Goes opens tonight at the Alvin Theatre. The cast includes Ethel Merman, William Gaxton and Victor Moore in this one year-plus run. The book is provided by Bolton, Wodehouse, Lindsay and Crouse.
1970 Actress Carlotta Monterey, widow of playwright Eugene O'Neill, dies at the age of 82.
1979 Strider, based on a story by Tolstoy, comes to the Helen Hayes Theatre after first being seen at the Chelsea Theatre Center. Gerald Hiken stars as a horse named Strider and is saddled with the part for 27 weeks.
1994 Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave star in the Zoe Caldwell- directed Vita and Virginia, which opens tonight at the Union Square Theatre. The story follows that of Virginia Woolf, whom Atkins has played before in A Room of One's Own. This show, which The Times calls a "literary tea-for-two," runs 29 performances. Carol Burnett raises a glass with fellow partygoers John Barrowman, George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall and Bronson Pinchot as they try Putting It Together, which opened tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The cocktail party is a front to perform a "review" of songs by Stephen Sondheim. The show was conceptualized and created by Sondheim in 1992, when it was produced in London by Cameron Mackintosh. It then came to Off Broadway starring Julie Andrews. Now on Broadway at last, the show will run for 103 performances.
? By Anne Bradley, Steve Luber and Sam Maher