By Ernio Hernandez
and Robert Viagas
29 Aug 2012
1990 The canine companion of the title character in Annie, Sandy, dies today at the age of 16. The dog who was once an abused puppy was bought from the Connecticut Humane Society for $8 on the day he was to be put to sleep. The pooch who was named for the part he played in the production only missed 14 performances of the 2,377, having booked a Las Vegas gig with the show's original star Andrea McArdle.
1999 Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees dons his directorial hat as he helms The Old Globe's production of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor which begins tonight in California. The actor who garnered the Tony for his portrayal in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby directs the production, which features Dakin Matthews as Falstaff.
2001 The Off-Broadway cast of Naked Boys Singing! takes to the New York City streets (largely clothed) to demonstrate against Provincetown, MA's ruling that their undressed brethren at the popular gay getaway Crown and Anchor are in violation of local zoning laws and must "cease and desist" performing.