By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley
08 Feb 2014
1937 Maxwell Anderson continues his effort to bring back verse plays with his portrait of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, The Masque of Kings, which runs 89 performances with Dudley Digges and Henry Hull at the Shubert (and later Majestic) Theatre.
1947 The Story of Mary Surratt will be a short one at the Henry Miller Theatre. John Patrick's depiction of the execution of the boarding-house keeper in whose home President Lincoln's assassination was planned performs just 11 times. Dorothy Gish stars.
1954 The Immoralist stars James Dean as an Arab boy attempting a seductive blackmail. Louis Jourdan and Geraldine Page are the couple he may ensnare. Based on Andre Gide's novel, Ruth and Augustus Goetz's play will run for three months at the Royale Theatre.
2004 Taboo, which marked the debut of famed talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell as Broadway producer, closes after just 100 performances. The musical also served as the Broadway debut for its composer-lyricist and co star, George O'Dowd (a.k.a. Boy George). Also featured in the cast: Euan Morton, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Raúl Esparza and Liz McCartney.