By David Gewirtzman
and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
15 Mar 2014
1956 Under the tutelage of Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews changes from a poor flower girl to My Fair Lady at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York. Robert Coote, Cathleen Nesbitt and Stanley Holloway are also in the cast of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Cecil Beaton designs the costumes for the 2,717 performance run.
1964 To honor William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, the New York Philharmonic presents an Homage to Shakespeare. William Ball directs a stellar cast that includes John Gielgud, Edith Evans and Margaret Leighton interpreting various selections.
1976 Jo Mielziner, a set designer who ruled the Broadway stage for years, dies four days before his 75th birthday. In 1949, he earned his first Tony Award for set design for his productions of Sleepy Hollow, Summer and Smoke, Anne of the Thousand Days, South Pacific and the transparent framework set for Death of a Salesman, for which he is perhaps best remembered.
2009 A revival of NoŽl Coward's Blithe Spirit — featuring an array of stars from the worlds of stage and screen — opens at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Michael Blakemore directs the "improbable comedy" about a novelist (Rupert Everett) doing research with an eccentric medium (Angela Lansbury) who conjures up the ghost of his late first wife (Christine Ebersole), with dire consequences for his second wife (Jayne Atkinson). Angela Lansbury's performances as Madame Arcati earns her a fifth Tony Award.
2012 A Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning American tragedy Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The production, which re-creates Jo Mielziner's original Tony Award-winning scenic design, also features Linda Emond as Linda Loman, Andrew Garfield as Biff, and Finn Wittrock as Happy. The revival will win Tony Awards for director Mike Nichols, and for Revival of a Play.