PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 28

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and Anne Bradley and Christopher Reichheld
28 Jan 2014

1908 J. Lucifer Mephisto tempts a sculptor to be unfaithful in The Soul Kiss. Produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, this musical comedy stars Ralph Herz, Adeline Genee, and Cecil Lean. Harry B. Smith provides the book and Maurice Levi the music. Audiences will be seduced for more than 15 weeks.



1944 Cole Porter's musical Mexican Hayride, with a book by Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields, opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. Starring Bobby Clark as a fugitive on the run in Mexico, the production will run for 481 performances.

1965 Ulu Grosbard revives Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. Robert Duvall plays the troubled Eddie Carbone and Jon Voight plays Rodolpho. It will run 780 performances.

1976 With the passage of time, Jason Robards has gone from Jamie to the patriarch of the Tyrone family, James. Directed by Robards, Long Day's Journey into Night will play for 11 performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Zoe Caldwell co-stars as Mary Tyrone.

1979 Wings takes flight at the Lyceum Theatre. Written originally for radio, Arthur Kopit's saga of a stroke victim fighting her way back to competence stars Constance Cummings. John Madden stages the 117 performances.

1988 Sarafina!, the South African musical by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela, transfers from Lincoln Center to Broadway's Cort Theater. The cast is comprised of young South African singers. The show will receive five 1988 Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical.

2010 Time Stands Still, Donald Margulies' play about journalists who return home after covering war — only to investigate their own conflicted feelings about life and work — opens on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Brian d'Arcy James and Eric Bogosian star.

Today's Birthdays: Colette 1873. Dorothy Donnelly 1880. Mary Boland 1880. Arnold Moss 1910. Spiro Malas 1933. Alan Alda 1936. Mikhail Baryshnikov 1948.