By David Gewirtzman
and Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas
02 Aug 2013
1943 Broadway is invaded by the US Army. Five one-act plays, collectively titled The Army Play-by-Play, from the Enlisted Men’s Contest are presented under the supervision of John Golden at the Martin Beck Theatre. The plays — Where E’er We Go, First Cousins, Button Your Lip, Mail Call, and Pack Your Troubles — will play for 40 performances and close September 4.
1979 At the peak of her fame, "Saturday Night Live" comedienne Gilda Radner recreates some of her most popular characters in Gilda Radner - Live from New York, which plays 51 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre.
1989 Joe Hart's The People Who Could Fly opens Off-Broadway at the South Street Theater. Conceiver Hart also directs the production with a cast of 12 performers. The piece, both theatre and dance, presents tales from India, Majorca, Scotland, Haiti, Japan, and the pre-Civil War South. It will play 41 shows and return later in the year to Town Hall for nine more.
2000 Kristine Nielsen and Marian Seldes span the centuries in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth starting tonight. Darko Tresnjak directs the slightly absurb fable of human existence and endurance.
2001 Gerard Alessandrini's topically comic rewrite of Irving Berlin's last musical, Mr. President, opens at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, playing in repertory with his Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey. The rewrite replayed the 2000 presidential election, with characters reconceived to resemble George W. Bush, Al Gore and their families and advisors.
2001 Rita Gardner, Off-Broadway's first Luisa in The Fantasticks, stars as Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, a new musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, presented at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.
2009 Jason Gilkison's dance revue Burn the Floor — boasting an eclectic mix of champion dancers — officially opens on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre. The production includes the team of Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff of the hit TV show "Dancing with the Stars."