By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld
18 Dec 2013
1910 Birthday of Abe Burrows (1910-1985), director and librettist, whose work will include the original books to Guys and Dolls, Silk Stockings, Can-Can and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
1939 Journalist Heywood Campbell Broun dies today at age 51. Broun contributed to New York's Tribune and World newspapers and a collection of his theatre criticism, "Seeing Things at Night," was published in 1921.
1970 The writings of urban teens serves as the source material of the musical The Me Nobody Knows, which opens today at the Helen Hayes theatre and runs for 378 performances. Among the cast are future stars Irene Cara, Hattie Winston and Northern Calloway.
1985 Jerry's Girls, a musical revue celebrating the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, opens tonight. The performers include such legendary names as Dorothy Loudon, Chita Rivera and Leslie Uggams. Herman wrote the scores to some of Broadway's biggest hits including Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles.
2002 Tommy Tune returns to the New York stage with his song and dance revue, Tommy Tune: White Tie and Tails, inaugurating Off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theatre on West 42nd Street.
2005 T. Edward Hambleton, the courtly but determined man who ran New York's Phoenix Theater from 1953 to 1983, dies today at age 94.
2008 Roundabout Theatre Company revives Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s 1940 musical Pal Joey at Studio 54, with Stockard Channing, Martha Plimpton and, in the title role, Matthew Risch (who replaced Christian Hoff in previews). The story of a scheming charmer in the world of 1940s Chicago nightclubs, the show has a new book by Richard Greenberg and direction by Joe Mantello.
2011 Vaclav Havel, who went from being an imprisoned dissident playwright in Communist Czechoslovakia to the elected president of the newly free Czech Republic, dies at age 75. His plays include The Memorandum, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration and A Private View.