By David Gewirtzman
and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
22 Apr 2014
1969 Michael Simone directs a triple-bill of Luigi Pirandello plays The Man with the Flower in His Mouth, The License and The Jar Off-Broadway at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. Mitchell Jason and Danny De Vito are in the cast.
1993 Pete Townshend's rock opera The Who's Tommy opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Des McAnuff directed the production starring Michael Cerveris as the catatonic kid-cum-cause célèbre title role that Roger Daltrey played in the 1975 film.
1999 Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy bring The Civil War back to life. This saga, with music by Wildhorn and staged by Jerry Zaks, opens tonight at Broadway's St. James Theater. The 26 member ensemble is led by Michel Bell, Matt Bogart and Gilles Chiasson. The show will close after only 61 performances despite Tony award nominations for Best Musical. A touring company currently travels North America.
2004 The stage of Studio 54 turns into the underbelly of a carnival roller coaster — complete with shooting gallery, spinning wheel and unattainable prizes — as Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1990 musical Assassins premieres on Broadway. Directed by Joe Mantello, the cast includes Michael Cerveris, Neil Patrick Harris, Marc Kudisch and Denis O'Hare. The production will earn five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
2008 Gone with the Wind, a new musical version of Margaret Mitchell's epic novel with music and lyrics by Margaret Martin, opens at the West End's New London Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the musical co-stars Darius Danesh as Rhett Butler and Jill Paice as Scarlet O'Hara.
2010 Sondheim on Sondheim, a unique musical that is part video documentary and part starry Broadway revue, opens at Studio 54, offering the life story of Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Director James Lapine, conceived the new musical, enlisting a cast that includes Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey and Matthew Scott.
2012 Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker have a volatile date with destiny in a multi-ethnic Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst Theatre. The cast is led by Underwood as Stanley, Parker as Blanche DuBois, and Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella Kowalski.
2013 Irish novelist Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary, starring Fiona Shaw as Mary, the mother of Jesus, opens on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Despite receiving three Tony nominations, including Best Play, the production will close after only 16 performances.