Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 27
26 Aug 2015
1878 Birthday of Sam S. Shubert (1878-1905), co-founder of the theatre-owning and producing titan, the Shubert Organization. Broadway's Shubert Theatre is named for him.
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.
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.
2014Sandy Wilson, the British composer and lyricist who was best known for the nostalgic, '20s-style musical The Boy Friend, which was a monster hit in the 1950s and helped make a star out of Julie Andrews, dies at age 90.
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!