1984 Playwright Lillian Hellman dies today at age 79. Hellman made her Broadway writing debut with 1934's controversial lesbian drama, The Children's Hour. Other Hellman plays include 1939's The Little Foxes and 1945's The Searching Wind.
1999 Nothing says New York like Naked Boys Singing!, the musical revue conceived and directed by Robert Schrock which begins performances at The Actors' Playhouse Off-Broadway today. The show, which celebrates nudity in sketches and songs written by various writers, actually started in Los Angeles With songs like "Perky Little Porn Star," "Muscle Addiction," and "Nothin' But the Radio On," the show's biggest draw isn't Carl D. White's costume design.
2000 The Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Man Who Came to Dinner starts previews tonight, marking the first performance at Roundabout's new American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. The venue, formerly the Selwyn Theatre, underwent a reported $25 million renovation before housing the revival of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman play, starring Nathan Lane.
2003 Hundreds converge on the Richard Rodgers Theatre to say farewell to Tony- and Oscar-winning librettist/screenwriter Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies, My One and Only, Woman of the Year and many other shows), who died April 26 at age 73. Among speakers: Lauren Bacall, Maury Yeston, John Kander and Fred Ebb.
More of Today's Birthdays: John Gay 1685. Lena Horne 1917. James Goldman 1927. Harry Blackstone 1934. David Garrison 1952. David Alan Grier 1955.