By David Gewirtzman
and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez
29 May 2013
1959 Comedian-singer Max Bygraves spends 328 performances Swinging Down the Lane at London's Palladium Theatre.
1963 Bob Fosse stars in the New York City Center Light Opera Company's revival of Pal Joey, presented as part of the company's spring season dedicated to the musicals of Richard Rodgers. The cast also includes Viveca Lindfors as Vera Simpson, Jack Durant as Ludlow Lowell (re-creating the role he played in the musical's original Broadway production), Elaine Dunn as Gladys Bumps, and Rita Gardner as Linda English. The NY Times reports that Kay Medford, in the role of newspaperwoman Melba Snyder, "brings down the house" with her performance of the song "Zip."
1998 Kevin Knight, who directed the London premiere of Birdy, brings the American premiere to Philadelphia Theatre Company. Naomi Wallace's adaptation of William Wharton's novel is set in Philadelphia, just after World War II and examines the friendship between the sensitive, bird-obsessed Birdy and body building-obsessed Al and their struggle with identity.