PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 2
1912 Birthday of composer Burton Lane (1912-1997), who will go on to write and his great hit, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Hold on to Your Hats, Laffing Room Only Finian's Rainbow.
1920 Eugene O'Neill's first full-length drama, , opens at the Morosco Theatre. This drama of the Mayo brothers and the woman they both love stars Beyond the Horizon Richard Bennett, Robert Kelly, and Elsie Rizer. It will go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.
1923 Broadway columnist Liz Smith is born in Ft. Worth, Texas.
1925 Tony-winning performer Elaine Stritch is born today in Detroit. She'll star in and her solo show, Sail Away, Company, Pal Joey . Elaine Stritch at Liberty
1926 James Rennie is at the Ambassador Theatre. Also starring The Great Gatsby Florence Eldridge and Elliot Cabot, this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel by Owen Davis will run 14 weeks. George Cukor provides the direction.
1927 Opening night of Florenz Ziegfeld's first non-revue musical, , by Rio Rita Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson. It's the inaugural production at the new Ziegfeld Theatre, and runs 494 performances.
1966 Opening night of Frederick Knott's murder mystery , about a blind woman stalked by a killer. It runs 374 performances and becomes a staple in stock. Wait Until Dark
1969 Boris Karloff, who came to life on film as Frankenstein's monster, dies today at 82 in Sussex, England. He made his first stage appearance in 1910. In 1941 he appeared in the comedy at the Fulton Theatre in New York. Arsenic and Old Lace
1972 Diana Rigg and Michael Hordern are Jumpers. Tom Stoppard's farce of word-play and mystification plays at London's Old Vic Theatre. The play will debut on Broadway two years later.
2004 Jason Raize Rothenberg, who created the role of Simba in Broadway's , is found dead today of an apparent suicide at age 28, in Yass, Australia. The Lion King
More of Today's Birthdays: James Joyce 1882. Ayn Rand 1905. Stefan Schnabel 1912. Brent Spiner 1949. Cady Huffman 1965. Jennifer Westfeldt 1971. Marissa Jaret Winokur 1973.
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