1969Christian Slater is born today. He will become a teen sensation in such films as "Heathers," "Interview With the Vampire," and "True Romance" before returning to his stage roots during the 1998-1999 Broadway season. Slater will play Clifford, mid-run, in the 1999 Tony Award-winning play, Side Man at the John Golden Theatre.
1981 Following an 11 month national tour, a revival of My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison re-creating his Tony and Oscar Award winning performance as Henry Higgins, opens on Broadway at the Uris Theatre. Although Harrison fought with Actors Equity to have British actress Cheryl Kennedy as his Eliza Doolittle, vocal damage forces her to drop out of the production after the first Broadway preview, and she is replaced by her American-born understudy Nancy Ringham.
1999The Donkey Show, described as a "Midsummer Night's disco," opens at New York City's Club El Flamingo. Created and directed by Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, the show sets William Shakespeare's classic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream into the 1970s disco scene where a nightclub impresario Oberon and disco diva Titania find themselves in the midst of a timeless lovers' quarrel. Donkey features disco era songs like "I Love the Nightlife," "Ring My Bell," "Car Wash," and "You Sexy Thing." Originally announced as a six-week limited engagement, it will run for six years.
Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!