PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 16

By David Gewirtzman
and Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas
16 Aug 2014

1913 Montague Glass' comedy Potash and Perlmutter begins a hit run at the Cohan Theatre, starring George Sidney and Alexander Carr as the hapless pair.



1927 Eddie Cantor headlines the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The Irving Berlin score introduces the song "Shaking the Blues Away."

1939 Tony Award-winning stage actress Carole Shelley is born today. Besides her aforementioned performance in The Elephant Man, Shelley will also appear on Broadway in The Odd Couple, Absurd Person Singular, Stepping Out, Wicked and Billy Elliot.

1958 Future “Material Girl” Madonna is born today. Besides becoming a top recording artist and cultural icon with such hit songs as “Like A Virgin” and “Holiday,” Madonna will also go on to star on both the stage and screen. She will make her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow in 1988 and will eventually star as the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.

1996 A season of revivals kicks off at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Criterion Center Stage Right with Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. The production begins tonight under the direction of David Warren. Following the turn of-the-century-set drama, the season will continue with Jean Anouilh's The Rehearsal, Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters and Dion L. Boucicault's London Assurance.

2011 The world premiere of Charles Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs, starring Marcia Jean Kurtz, Julie Halston and Dan Butler, opens Off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Mark Brokaw directs the comedy about an actress who sees a ghost in her mirror.

Today's Birthdays: Robert Culp 1930. Julie Newmar 1935. Anita Gillette 1936. Paul Hecht 1941. Bob Balaban 1945. Lesley Ann Warren 1946. Dee Hoty 1952. Kathie Lee Gifford 1953. Angela Bassett 1958. Timothy Hutton 1960. Cristin Milioti 1985.