By Robert Viagas
and Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley
23 Dec 2012
1908 Eddie Foy plays a circus performer somehow drafted at the last minute to play Shakespeare's Melancholy Dane in the musical comedy Mr. Hamlet of Broadway, which runs 54 performances at the Casino Theatre.
1915 Very Good Eddie, one of the first smash successes among the intimate Princess Theatre shows, opens a 341-performance run today. Jerome Kern and Schuyler Green wrote the score to the musical comedy about newlyweds who run into trouble aboard a Hudson River cruise.
1935 English actor-manager Robert Loraine dies at the age of 59 in London. He acted with the likes of Herbert Beerbohm Tree and George Alexander. The part of D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers was one of his greatest successes.
1982 Eva Le Gallienne ends her seven-decade Broadway acting career, appearing as the White Queen in a recreation of her 1932 hit, Alice in Wonderland. It runs just 21 performances at the Virginia Theatre. Kate Burton plays Alice.
2007 Michael Kidd, 92, the stage and film choreographer and director who won five Tony Awards and an Honorary Academy Award and whose choreography credits include Guys and Dolls on stage and screen, dies of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.