09 Jul 2015
1930 In today's Variety, a review of a new vaudeville show at the Eighty Sixth Street Theatre singles out a newcomer from the world of cabaret. Reads the review: "She is a good looking girl with a fair enough voice that might carry much further with special stuff. This is her first stage appearance. She's out of cabaret so probably has plenty to learn." Her name is Ethel Merman.
1964Leo Genn is the odd man out as Juror Number 8 as Reginald Rose's hit play 12 Angry Men makes its London debut tonight at the Queen's Theatre. Surprisingly, British audiences do not take to the play as well as American audiences did, and the Margaret Webster-directed production closes after only 99 performances.
2000 The stripping ends at San Diego's The Old Globe as the sold-out hit musical, The Full Monty, already extended past its original July 2 close date, ends its world premiere in Southern California. The show by book writer Terrence McNally and composer-lyricist David Yazbek will move to Broadway, where the lovable losers of The Full Monty will open at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Oct. 26.
2002 Ten months after the World Trade Center terrorist attack obliterated the downtown TKTS discount ticket booth, a new one opens in a new location: Manhattan's South Street Seaport.
2011Silence! The Musical – Hunter Bell, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan's parody of the movie "The Silence of the Lambs" – opens at Off-Broadway's Theater 80. Christopher Gattelli directs and choreographs the musical starring Brent Barrett as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and Jenn Harris as Clarice Starling.
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.