By David Gewirtzman
and Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas
27 Aug 2012
1921 When it closes tonight after 1,291 performances, Lightnin' will hold the record as Broadway's longest-running play up to that time. Starring in the piece on closing night is playwright Frank Bacon.
1934 Opening night of starry revue Life Begins at 8:40, written by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg and Ira Gershwin. Stars include Luella Gear, Frances Williams, and future "Wizard of Oz" co-stars Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr. The score includes "You're a Builder-Upper.
1991 Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker opens anew at Off-Broadway's Roundabout Theatre Company's Haft Theatre. The original production of the play was produced on Broadway Dec. 5, 1955. The play was then later adapted into the musical Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart.
2001 The musical Urinetown begins Broadway previews.
2011 New York City shuts down under the threat of Hurricaine (later downgraded to Tropical Storm) Irene. All Broadway and most Off-Broadway shows are cancelled, and there is a system-wide shut down of New York City mass transit.