1909 What is
The Easiest Way?
Eugene Walter's play explores the lengths women of the time went to in order to support themselves. This controversial drama was produced and directed by
1917 Birthday of sturdy leading man
John Raitt, star of Broadway's original
The Pajama Game, and father of pop singer Bonnie Raitt.
Ernest Truex and
Claire Trevor are
Whistling in the Dark at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This melodramatic farce by
Laurence Gross and
Edward Childs Carpenter deals with a novelist being held captive by bandits who want him to work out the perfect murder plot.
1942 Birthday of British musical theatre star
Michael Crawford, who will star on Broadway in two gothic musicals, the blockbuster
The Phantom of the Opera and the flop
Dance of the Vampires.
Tyrone Guthrie directs
Anthony Quayle in
Christopher Marlowe's 16th century epic
Tamburlaine the Great at the Winter Garden Theatre. It runs only 20 performances, but gives one thing to posterity: it's the Broadway debut of
William Shatner, later Captain Kirk on TV's "Star Trek."
1965 London's Old Vic Theatre houses
The Crucible. Produced by the
National Theatre and directed by
Laurence Olivier, the cast is led by
Joyce Redman and Colin Blakely.
James Earl Jones portrays
Paul Robeson at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. This drama by
Philip Dean will play 45 performances before moving to the Booth Theatre. Here it will run in repertory with
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
Ian McKellen opens tonight at the Ritz Theater in
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare. He receives a 1984 Tony Award nomination for his performance.
Anthony Franciosa, the volatile Method actor who came to fame through his Tony-nominated work in
A Hatful of Rain, and was once married to
Shelley Winters, dies at age 77 following a stroke.
More of Today's Birthdays:
Minnie Dupree 1873.
Albertina Rasch 1896.
Jean Stapleton 1923.
Fritz Weaver 1926.
Dolly Parton 1946.
Veanne Cox 1963.
Scott Schwartz 1974.