By Robert Viagas
and Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley
13 Mar 2013
1947 Brigadoon appears out of the mist at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical has choreography by Agnes de Mille and a cast that includes David Brooks, George Keane and Pamela Britton. It will run 581 performances.
1963 And the director says Enter Laughing. Carl Reiner's novel is adapted by Joseph Stein; Alan Arkin stars as a delivery-boy who has a chance to make it big in theatre. There will be 419 performances at the Henry Miller's Theatre in New York. The play would later be made into a film and adapted into the musical, So Long, 174th Street.
1973 A revival of Irene featuring Debbie Reynolds inaugurates the new Minskoff Theatre. The musical comedy, with music by Harry Tierney, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and book by Hugh Wheeler and Joseph Stein, will garner Reynolds and castmate Patsy Kelly Tony nods, but only George S. Irving will go home a winner for his performance.
1986 Playwright and director Emily Mann makes her Broadway debut as both with Execution of Justice. The play, starring John Spencer, Mary McDonnell, Stanley Tucci and Wesley Snipes, opens at the Virginia Theatre.