PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 21
21 Jan 2015
1903 Dorothy, The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are first seen on Broadway today in the original musical The Wizard of Oz, with music by Paul Tietjens and book and lyrics by L. Frank Baum himself, based on his own 1900 novel. Highlighted by comedian Fred Stone as the Scarecrow, the production will run 293 performances.
1926 As a three hundred year-old-opera star who wants to live three hundred more, Helen Menken must discover The Makroploulus Secret. This drama, staged by Charles Hopkins, will run for 11 weeks.
1929James Whale (of filmdom's "Frankenstein" renown) directs Journey's End at London's Savoy Theatre. R.C. Sherriff's drama, depicting life for British soldiers in the trenches of World War I, wins 485 performances.
1986Andrew Lloyd Webber's producing company, The Really Useful Group, puts up shares on the London stock exchange.
1991Spalding Gray tells the story of his long work on an unfinished novel in his autobiographical monologue Monster in a Box, at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
2004 Making the most of her 15 minutes of fame, Gennifer Flowers, the woman who said she had an intimate relationship with married President Bill Clinton, joins he company of the Off-Broadway revue Boobs! The Musical.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.