By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley
21 Feb 2013
1928 A killer octopus threatens a group stranded in a lighthouse in Ralph Murphy and Donald Gallagher's oddly-titled thriller Sh, the Octopus. It runs 47 performances at the Royale Theatre and is later filmed.
1938 Wine of Choice proves bitter for a woman smitten with a dedicated Marxist who has no time for love. The Theatre Guild produces this S. N. Behrman comedy, with a cast that includes Alexander Woollcott. It has 43 performances.
1958 Legendary flop musical Portofino gives the first of its three performances at the Adelphi Theatre. Helen Gallagher stars in the show, written by Louis Bellson, Will Irwin, Richard Ney and Sheldon Harnick.
1961 The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley is revived for the first time since the 17th century. London's Royal Court Theatre production stars Robert Shaw, Mary Ure and Zoe Caldwell. Tony Richardson directs.
1991 Neil Simon preserves his stronghold on Broadway as Lost in Yonkers opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning comedy/drama stars Mercedes Ruehl, Irene Worth and Kevin Spacey.
2008 The Menier Chocolate Factory's hit London production of Sunday in the Park With George, comes to Studio 54 with London leads Daniel Evans as George and Jenna Russell as Dot. Directed by Sam Buntrock, the production is notable for the use of animated drawings (designed by Timothy Bird) to illustrate the progress of the painting that forms the show's centerpiece.