1977 A massive power failure blacks out New York City around 9:30 PM, halting the second acts of many Broadway shows. Power will be restored the following morning, neighborhood by neighborhood, but that will not be enough to save the July 14 evening attendance numbers from decreasing so sharply, many brokers will sell tickets for that night at face value.
1999 Scottish playwright Sharman Macdonald's The Brave begins performances at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theatre. The play about a Scottish housewife who, on a trip to North Africa to reunite with her estranged sister, kills a Muslim man who attempted to rape her. The production is helmed by Dave Mowers.
2000 Cousins Robbie and Steve Fox premiere their new musical The Gift at the Tiffany Theatre in Hollywood, California. The show, about five thirtysomething guys who face their own mortality when an exotic dancer at a bachelor party brings an unexpected gift, is directed by Andy Fickman. The cast features Alicia Witt, Robert Torti, James Barbour and Burke Moses.
2006 Red Buttons, the elfin Borscht Belt comedian whose talent found outlets on Broadway and in television, film and nightclubs, dies at age 87 at his home in Los Angeles.
2011 The hippies from the national tour of Hair turn their psychedelic bus around for a special engagement on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. The ten-week run is a summer stop on the musical's U.S. tour, which launched in the fall of 2010.
More of Today's Birthdays: William J. Hurlbut 1883. Despo 1916. David Storey 1933. Didi Conn 1951. Deborah Cox 1974.