By Ernio Hernandez
and Robert Viagas
08 Aug 2012
1985 The producers of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues replace three secondary actors in that show tonight for "cutting up" on stage. Also diagnosed by management as having "longrun-itis" is star Matthew Broderick, who does not appear in tonight's performance.
1989 Shenandoah returns to Broadway tonight for a revival run that will prove to be brief. Starring John Cullum as Charlie Anderson, this production of the Civil War-era musical will close Sept. 2 after approximately four weeks of performances.
1989 Gerry Vichi joins the cast of Lincoln Center Theater's hit revival of Anything Goes today, taking over the role of Moonface Martin. The role's originator, Bill McCutcheon, won a Tony for his performance and has been with the show since it had opened in October of 1987. Vichi would later appear in the 1995 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and as the title role in the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz starring Roseanne Barr.
1998 After arguing for 600 performances about the white-on-white painting, the three characters in Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning best play, Art end their run at Broadway's Royale Theatre. The comedy, translated from French by Christopher Hampton, will begin its national tour Sept. 14 starring Judd Hirsch, who has appeared in the play on Broadway and in London. During the run, various trios of stars played the roles of three friends that Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina originated.
2002 Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci open on Broadway in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the Belasco Theatre. This marks the Broadway debut for Terrence McNally's romance, which played Off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club in 1987. The production has been much in the press due to the presence of screen actors Falco and Tucci and their onstage nudity throughout the opening scene.