By Robert Viagas
and Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley
10 May 2013
1899 Fred Astaire is born today in Omaha, Nebraska. Along with his sister Adele Astaire, who was two years older, they became a popular vaudeville act and would later be featured in such shows as Lady, Be Good, and Funny Face. After Adele retired, Fred appeared opposite Claire Luce in Gay Divorce in 1932. This would be his last Broadway appearance. Fred moved on to Hollywood.
1961 A group of unknowns — Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett — bring their comic revue Beyond the Fringe to London's Fortune Theatre. It will run for 1,184 performances. Even though the show mocks the Prime Minister, the normally censorious Lord Chamberlain attends this evening as part of the Queen's party.
1994 Carol Hall follows up The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public tonight on Broadway at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. The original lasted 1,584 performances, but its sequel, about a Nevada brothel that tries to sell shares on Wall Street, doesn't fare as well, lasting only 16 performances and closing 11 days following its opening.