1939 The first play to win both a Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, opens tonight at the Booth Theatre. The story tells of a group of denizens in a San Francisco bar. Gene Kelly and Celeste Holm are in the ensemble of this play, which will run 185 performances. There is a film version in 1948.
1973 Neil Simon marries Marsha Mason today. Mason is about to appear on Broadway in Simon's The Good Doctor, which will open on November 27 of this year. Their marriage will last until October 1983.
1992 David Mamet's new play, Oleanna, opens tonight at the Orpheum Theatre. The play has exceptional advance sales of $200,000, an amount especially healthy for an off-Broadway production. Rebecca Pidgeon is the girl who accuses her professor, played by William H. Macy, of sexual harassment in this show, which will run 513 performances.
1995 After being absent from the Broadway stage for nearly 35 years, Julie Andrews returns tonight as she opens in Victor/Victoria, the Blake Edwards, Leslie Bricusse and Henry Mancini musical. The original film version, in 1982, was directed by Edwards, as is this Broadway production. Tony Roberts and Michael Nouri star in this gender-bending musical, which has additional music by Frank Wildhorn. The show will run 738 performances, eventually starring both Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch.
--By Sam Maher