1908 The musical Three Twins will be out in the cold tonight after a fire damages the Herald Square Theatre. The sextet won't have a home till Jan. 18 of 1909 at the Majestic Theatre.
1986 Comedian Jackie Mason revives his career with a solo comedy show, The World According To Me!, which runs 367 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and leads to a half dozen similar Mason turns in the coming years.
1996 The York Theatre Company's production of No Way To Treat a Lady opens Off Broadway at St. Peter's Church tonight. The production is a musical adaptation of William Goldman's 1968 film about a publicity-crazed actor who becomes a psychotic killer. It stars Paul Schoeffler, Adam Grupper, Marguerite MacIntyre, and Alix Korey.
2002 Virginia McKnight Binger, namesake of Broadway's Virginia Theatre, dies today at her home in Wayzata, MN, at age 86. The multi-millionairess co-owned Broadway's Jujamcyn Theatres group.
2007 Ruth Wallis, the songwriter-musician-singer whose songs inspired the Off-Broadway revue Boobs! The Musical dies at age 87.