1995 After three decades of absence, Carol Burnett returns to Broadway tonight co-starring with Philip Bosco in the Ken Ludwig classic Moon Over Buffalo at the Martin Beck. The critically-acclaimed performances of Burnett and Bosco help the show run 308 performances.
1962 Barbra Streisand signs her first recording contract today with Columbia. The star of stage and screen will always be remembered for her performances in Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly!. "The Barbra Streisand Album," her first, won her two 1963 Grammy Awards. One of the honors was "Album of the Year," and at the time she held the distinction of being the youngest artist to win that award.
1959 It is announced today that Warren Beatty will be making his Broadway debut soon in A Loss of Roses, in which he will play Shirley Booth's son. "[Beatty] paid for his acting lessons at Stella Adler's school by working as a sandhog on the Lincoln Tunnel," reports the New York Post.
1998 Tracy Letts' Killer Joe, starring Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer, begins its Off-Broadway run at the Soho Playhouse today. The drama centers on a dysfunctional Texas trailer park family. Wilson Milam directs the production, which will close June 27 of the following year as Glenn returns to end the run.
1999 A new musical by Irish composer Shaun Davey begins previews tonight at Playwrights Horizons to a sold-out crowd. The show starring Christopher Walken and Blair Brown is James Joyce's The Dead. Richard Nelson, the book writer, co-conceiver and adapter of the lyrics, shares a co-direction credit with Jack Hofsiss. The production will open on Broadway Jan. 11, 2000 at the Belasco Theatre. -- by Sam Maher and Ernio Hernandez