1969 Dancer-actress Irene Castle dies today in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She partnered with her husband Vernon Castle in shows such as Watch Your Step, and she appeared alone in Miss 1917.
1973National Lampoon's Lemmings plays at the Village Gate in New York City. This revue, inspired by the magazine National Lampoon, has a cast that includes future "Saturday Night Live" stars John Belushi, and Chevy Chase, among others. The eleven-month run is directed by Tony Hendra.
1978Laughter!, Peter Barnes' black comedy, runs at London's Royal Court Theatre. Timothy West, Frances de La Tour, and Roger Kemp are featured.
1996 One day before the first Off-Broadway performance of Rent, author-composer Jonathan Larson dies of an aortic aneurysm. Much litigation would follow regarding both the circumstances of his death and the authorship of the musical, but none of it would tarnish the runaway success of Larson's story of young, hand-to-mouth, downtown New Yorkers who refuse to pay "last year's rent."
2003 Closing day for the gothic musical Dance of the Vampires after just 56 Broadway performances at the Minskoff Theatre, losing its entire investment, estimated at $12 million. Based on the Roman Polanski film, "The Fearless Vampire Killers," the show had been a major hit in Vienna, where it originated. But New York critics faulted its uneven tone, sometimes trying to be campy, sometimes trying to be scary.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Buy One, Get One Free!
The Rockettes® dazzle in brilliant dance numbers and Radio City® shines with the joy of the season.
Follow Santa on his sleigh ride, see ice skaters swirl across the stage, and catch a snowflake or two
in this immersive theatrical experience like no other. And this year, delight in the magic of Santa’s enchanted toy factory! We’re bringing back a fan favorite to Santa’s workshop, with charming ragdolls that come to life.