By Robert Viagas
and Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley
12 Mar 2013
1946 Birthday of actress and singer Liza Minnelli, star of Cabaret on film, and Broadway musicals including Flora, the Red Menace, The Rink, The Act and Minnelli on Minnelli among many other projects.
1987 Jean Valjean begins his years of hiding from Javert as Les MisÚrables opens on Broadway. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg based their book on the novel by Victor Hugo. Music is provided by Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Trevor Nunn stages. Colm Wilkinson and Terrence Mann star as the arch enemies. It will become the third-longest-running Broadway show in history.
1998 The hills are revived! The 1959 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The Sound of Music undergoes a Broadway revival at the Martin Beck Theatre. Rebecca Luker stars as the problem-to-be-solved Maria and Michael Siberry as the Captain with a flock of children.
2003 Lynne Thigpen, the respected actress with the rich, strong voice who won a Tony Award for An American Daughter on Broadway, dies today in her Los Angeles home at age 54. She also appeared in the original cast of Godspell and was widely known for starring in CBS TV's drama, "The District," and the PBS educational series, "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
2007 Vilma Ebsen, 96, who, with her brother Buddy, danced through three Broadway shows and one Hollywood musical, dies in California.