PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JUNE 24

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and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez
24 Jun 2014

1942 Gypsy Rose Lee and Bobby Clark are featured in Michael Todd's musical revue, Star and Garter, which opens a 609-performance run at the Music Box Theatre.



1948 One of the earliest ice-skating revues, Howdy, Mr. Ice! opens a 406-performance run at Broadway's Center Theatre.

1976 Opening today, Paul Rudd stars as Henry and Meryl Streep as Katharine in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare-in-the-Park mounting of Henry V. Among the costars are Michael Moriarty (as Chorus), Jay O. Sanders, Stephen Lang, Philip Bosco (as Pistol), Gerry Bamman and Lenny Baker.

1981 Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey opens at the Century Theatre for a run of 157 performances. The production stars Amanda Plummer, in her Broadway debut, as a working-class English teenager who becomes pregnant by a black sailor.

1992 Al Pacino and Charles Cioffi star in Chinese Coffee at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Arvin Brown directs the Ira Lewis play about a failed writer who uses his almost equally disappointed photographer friend as the inspiration for his latest novel. To help the struggling Circle in the Square, Pacino and the creatives agree to work for union scale, and free tickets are not given to Tony voters.

1997 Off Broadway gets a taste of Grand Ole Opry when the musical biography Always...Patsy Cline opens at the Variety Arts Theatre. Ted Swindley directs the musical, which he wrote about the country & western star who died in a plane crash in 1963. Tori Lynn Palazolla and Margo Martindale star.

1999 Shear Madness, the longest-running show in the history of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, celebrates its 5,000th performance today. The improvisational murder-mystery opened for a 12-week run Aug. 12, 1987 and has been playing ever since.

2013 Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie as a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's basement, opens at the Barrow Street Theatre. Originally announced as a limited ten-week engagement, it will run for over a year.

More of Today's Birthdays Ira Hards 1872. Norma Langworthy 1919. Michele Lee 1942. Anna Louizos 1957.