By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley
07 Jun 2012
1974 Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon begins performances in San Francisco at the Savoy Tivoli. Still running today (now at its larger home, Club Fugazi), the campy spoof of pop culture is the longest running musical revue in theatre history.
1998 In a surprise victory of Disney over Livent, The Lion King wins the best musical award over the predicted winner, Ragtime, when the 1998 Tony Awards are handed out at Radio City Music Hall. Among King’s other wins are awards for best direction (Julie Taymor), costumes, and set design. Yasmina Reza’s British import, Art, takes the best play award over Martin McDonaugh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, although the Irish drama still manages to walk away with four awards. Cabaret and A View From the Bridge, both produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, take the awards for best revival of a musical and play, respectively.
2001 John Guare's Chaucer in Rome opens at Lincoln Center.
2011 One of the more bizarre and influential chapters in American pop music history comes to light with the Off-Broadway opening of Joy Gregory, John Langs and Gunnar Madsen's musical The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. Annie Golden, Steve Routman, Emily Walton, Peter Friedman, Kevin Cahoon, Jamey Hood, Cory Michael Smith and Sarah Sokolovic star in the co-production between Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop, at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.