PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MAY 20

By David Gewirtzman
and Anne Bradley, Robert Viagas
20 May 2013

1919 Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse call this Kissing Time at London's Winter Garden Theatre. Ivan Caryll provides the music for this tale of complications arising when French ladies carry on correspondence with younger men during the war. The lips will lock for 430 performances.



1936 London's New Theatre hosts Theodore Komisarjevsky's staging of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. In the cast are Edith Evans, John Gielgud and Alec Guinness.

1956 Drama critic and caricaturist Max Beerbohm died today in Rapallo Italy. Half-brother of actor Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, he was drama critic for the Saturday Review. His one-act play, The Happy Hypocrite, was produced in 1900 by Mrs. Patrick Campbell. He was 84 years old.

1969 La Corporation du Grand Theatre de Quebec is founded to promote the arts in Quebec City, Canada. The building has a large 1800 seat theatre for operas, concerts, and dramas; a 300-600 seat flexible room for plays, and a music conservatory for the 250-350 students.

1990 The fateful four in Forever Plaid harmonize their way to Off Broadway's Steve McGraw's Supper Club (years later renamed the Triad Theatre), where the show opens tonight. Stan Chandler, David Engel, Jason Graae and Guy Stroman comprise the cast of Stuart Ross' musical about a quartet who get to perform their last show they never made it to.

1999 Next year's Tony nominees Philip Seymour Hoffman (True West) and Amy Ryan (Uncle Vanya) star in the Drama Dept.'s double bill of Richard Greenberg's The Author's Voice and Peter Hedges' Imagining Brad. Evan Yionoulis directs both productions at the Greenwich House Theatre.

2001 Seussical, the Broadway musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, closes after a tumultuous seven-month run.

2001 The Producers wins most of the top musical prizes in the Drama Desk Awards, setting the stage for its record-breaking Tony Award win a few weeks later.

2012 Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent's Old Jews Telling Jokes, an evening of comedy whose title says it all, opens Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. The revue stars Bill Army, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman, Audrey Lynn Weston and Lenny Wolpe.

Today's Birthdays: Miklos Laszlo 1903. James Stewart 1908. Constance Towers 1933. Judy Kuhn 1958. Bronson Pinchot 1959. Sierra Boggess 1982.