1986 A lot of major Broadway talent converges on the musical Rags, an original musical about immigrants on New York's lower east side, which opens a 4-performance flop run today. Music is by Charles Strouse, lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz (returning to Broadway for the first time since Working), libretto is by Joseph Stein. Opera star Teresa Stratas leads a cast that includes Larry Kert, Judy Kuhn, Dick Latessa and Lonny Price.
1990 A revival of Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky opens Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Elaine Bromka, Charles Keating, and Betsy Joslyn are featured in the cast under the direction of Larry Carpenter. The original production of the show was produced on Broadway in 1948 for 214 performances. A week following the opening, Jason Alexander replaces cast member Bruce Weitz.
1999 Off-Off-Broadway's Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre begins its 2000 season with On the Razzle, Tom Stoppard's take on Viennese playwright Johann Nestroy's Einen Jux will er sich machen. The play is the same source that inspired Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, which in turn inspired Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!. Cocteau Rep is no stranger to Stoppard works, as they have previously produced Travesties, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Rough Crossing.
2001 Signature Theatre's "environmental" staging of the musical Grand Hotel — spilling from the stage to the seating and out into the lobby — begins previews in Arlington, VA.
2002 Master dancer-choreographer Savion Glover and director George C. Wolfe's Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk song-and-dance revue begins a revival tour with original cast members Glover and Lynette DuPree at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company. After the Atlanta run ends Sept. 29, a new national tour will kick off, stopping in major US cities including Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, as well as short runs on college campuses throughout the U.S.