Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: February 4
04 Feb 2016
1938Thornton Wilder turns the spotlight on the simple trials and tribulations of Our Town. Martha Scott and Frank Craven are among the cast at the Henry Miller Theatre. The production will win the Pulitzer Prize for drama and go on to run 336 performances. David Cromer's 2009 Off-Broadway revival surpassed that total on Dec. 16, 2009, becoming the longest running production of the play in its history.
2005Ossie Davis, 87, the Tony Award-nominated actor-playwright and icon of 20th century African-American theatre, is found dead in his hotel room in Miami. He wrote and created the title role of Purlie Victorious on Broadway, and wrote the book for the musical version, Purlie. His Broadway career stretched back to Jeb in 1946. He was nominated for two Tony Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Jamaica and Best Musical, for Purlie.