1912 No word is ever spoken in Sumurun, billed as "a wordless play in nine tableaux" set in a sheik's harem, which opens today at the Casino Theatre, and runs 62 performances. Max Reinhardt's production is imported from Berlin's Deutsches Theatre.
1933 George M. Cohan scripts and stars in this comedy about Pigeons and People. The intermissionless production will play 70 performances at the Harris and Lyceum Theatres in New York, before heading out on tour.
1935 Actually, the opening night is September 16, but the play is Night of January 16. The Ambassador Theatre is the site of a nightly trial in Ayn Rand's drama. Members of the audience are sworn in and endings are written to suit either a guilty or innocent verdict. Walter Pidgeon and Doris Nolan are in the courtroom.
1958 Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft are Two for the Seesaw at the Booth Theatre. This comedy about a married man and the younger woman who helps him 'find' himself will run 750 performances. William Gibson penned the script.
1967 Zoe Caldwell plays a teacher who instructs her students in how to have peak moments in their lives, in Jay Allen's drama, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which opens today at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, and continued for 379 performances.
2006 McHale's Restaurant, the unofficial watering hole for Broadway's tech folk and their friends, closes after decades at the corner of 46th Street and Eighth Avenue. It is demolished to make way for one of the new high-rises springing up across the Theatre District.
2014 The first Broadway revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal opens on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. Rebecca Hall stars as real-life murderer Ruth Snyder, who was executed for killing her husband in 1928.