Today in Theatre History: OCTOBER 15

News   Today in Theatre History: OCTOBER 15 1930 A new musical revue opens tonight on Broadway: Three's A Crowd, whose book is by Howard Dietz and much of its music is from Arthur Schwartz. In the cast are Libby Holman, Fred Allen, Clifton Webb, Tamara Geva and Fred MacMurray. Some memorable songs are introduced tonight. They include "Body and Soul" and "Something to Remember You By." This revue will run 272 performances.

1930 A new musical revue opens tonight on Broadway: Three's A Crowd, whose book is by Howard Dietz and much of its music is from Arthur Schwartz. In the cast are Libby Holman, Fred Allen, Clifton Webb, Tamara Geva and Fred MacMurray. Some memorable songs are introduced tonight. They include "Body and Soul" and "Something to Remember You By." This revue will run 272 performances. 1952 Shirley Booth plays a lonely American looking for love in Venice in Arthur Laurents' The Time of the Cuckoo. The show ran for 263 performances at the Empire Theatre. David Lean's 1955 screen version, "Summertime," starred Katharine Hepburn. It is also reincarnated in the form of Rodgers and Sondheim's 1965 musical Do I Hear a Waltz?.

1969 Broadway audiences get the effects of the post-war 60's today as many performances, both on Broadway and off, are canceled due to Vietnam Moratorium Day. Howard Prince cancels the performance of Fiddler on the Roof that was scheduled for this evening. The cast will be paid, though. Although its shows are being performed, the proceeds from Hair go to various charities of the cast's choice. Woody Allen, the star of Play It Again Sam, doesn't go on, although producer David Merrick says it is a breach of contract. Many off-Broadway performances are canceled, and even national tours are affected. Joel Grey, performing in Dallas in Cabaret, threatens to take out a newspaper ad explaining his absence. He misses tonight's performance.

--By Sam Maher and Steve Luber