By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley
25 Mar 2013
1909 Birthday of Jay Blackton (1909-1994), who will become one of Broadway's most sought-after conductors, the conductor of choice for Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, and others. Original conductor of Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam and other shows.
1936 A sad day for Broadway as Paul McCullough, half of the popular comedy team of [Bobby] Clark and McCullough, dies after he slashes his own throat and wrists. Despite a hugely successful 31-year career, McCullough had battled depression and exhaustion for most of the previous year. He had just been released after several months' treatment in a sanitarium when he stopped for a haircut, seized the barber's razor, and committed suicide. His shows included Strike Up the Band, Walk a Little Faster and Thumbs Up!
1984 Joe Mantegna and J. T. Walsh spout the F word aplenty in the new play by David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross. Covering the intense world of real estate sales, Glengarry opens at the John Golden Theatre and will win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
1999 Broadway gets Closer. Patrick Marber directs his play of desire and dissection at the Music Box Theater. The British cast includes Tony Award winner Natasha Richardson, Rupert Graves, Anna Friel and Ciaran Hinds. The show will have run for 172 performances when it closes on August 22 of 1999.
2004 Alec Baldwin plays flamboyant and desperate producer Oscar Jaffe in Roundabout Theatre Company's art deco revival of the 1932 comedy Twentieth Century, co-starring real-life movie star Anne Heche as film diva Lily Garland.
2010 Come Fly Away, Twyla Tharp's dance musical that moves to the music and satin voice of Frank Sinatra, opens on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre. Following four couples as they fall in and out of love during an evening at a crowded nightclub, the show uses original masters of Sinatra's voice with a live onstage band.