PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 30
1907 In The Comet Alla Nazimova plays a woman who falls in love with her former lover's son, who eventually kills himself. This first play for Owen Johnson will run for seven weeks.
1926 , Maurine Dallas Watkins' tale of a fast-living woman who shoots her husband will run at the Music Box Theatre for 22 weeks. Chicago George Abbott and Francine Larrimore are in the cast. Forty-nine years later Bob Fosse will set this story to the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. In 1996 the newest incarnation began its record-breaking run.
1948 Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison brush up their Shakespeare in , Kiss Me, Kate Cole Porter's musical, opening at the New Century Theatre. Songs included "Wunderbar," "I Hate Men," "Bianca," "Always True To You (In My Fashion)" and "Too Darn Hot." A smash revival of opened November 18, 1999 at Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre, with Kate Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie leading the cast.
1953 knows the geography of Pennsylvania well; he keeps one family in Wilmington and one in Philadelphia. The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Burgess Meredith plays the well-traveled man in this Liam O'Brien work.
1975 The Runner Stumbles exposes the doomed affection of a lonely priest and a loving nun. Austin Pendleton directs the world premiere of this Milan Stitt play at the Hartman Theatre in Stamford, CT. The production will transfer to Broadway the following year.
1979 Richard Rodgers, who collaborated with Lorenz Hart on such shows as , Babes in Arms , and The Boys From Syracuse ; with Pal Joey Oscar Hammerstein II on shows including , Oklahoma! , Carousel , South Pacific and The Sound of Music ; and The King and I Stephen Sondheim on the musical dies today at age 77. Do I Hear a Waltz?
1999 Jackie Mason's opens at the John Golden Theatre. It is written and directed by Mason, who also stars in the comedy. The show will run for 186 regular performances. Much Ado About Everything
2001 Two long-running revivals — Kiss Me, Kate and — close today. Both had been struggling since the 9/11 attacks cut into attendance. The Music Man
2003 Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their roles as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' Tony-winning musical, , quickly restoring the show to SRO status. The Producers
Today's Birthdays: Michael Allinson 1920. Joseph Bologna 1934. Sheryl Lee Ralph 1956. Tracey Ullman 1959.
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