PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 5
05 Feb 2015
1900 The scandalous Sapho [sic] is staged at Wallack's Theatre in New York. Based on Alphonse Daudet's novel, it stars Olga Nethersole as an evil woman who seduces a pure young man to keep as her lover. Purity wins out however, and the young man convinces her to return to the felon who is the father of her child. This debauchery reigns for just 29 performances. It will re-open in April for 55 more performances.
1908 Birthday of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who will go on to star in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies. Their lives will become the subject of a 1997 musical, Side Show.
1959Gwen Verdon is a Redhead and, more importantly, plays the intended victim of a serial killer in this musical choreographed and directed by Bob Fosse. Richard Kiley co-stars. It will run at the 46th Street Theatre for 452 performances and win the Tony Award as Best Musical.
2003 London's troubled Old Vic theatre company announces that American actor Kevin Spacey will take over as its new artistic director. Spacey had given the Old Vic one of its biggest successes in recent years, a revival of The Iceman Cometh.
2009You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush, which casts former "Saturday Night Live" star Will Ferrell as a comical version of the 43rd President of the United States, opens at Broadway's Cort Theatre.
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!