Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: March 15
1926 Sean O'Casey's has its U.S. premiere at Broadway's Mayfair Theatre. It runs 74 performances. Juno and the Paycock
1934 The revue introduces future stars New Faces of 1934 Henry Fonda and Imogene Coca.
1956 Under the tutelage of Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews changes from a poor flower girl to at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York. My Fair Lady Robert Coote, Cathleen Nesbitt and Stanley Holloway are also in the cast of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Cecil Beaton designs the costumes for the 2,717 performance run.
1961 Margaret Leighton stars is The Lady from the Sea at London's Queen's Theatre. It will be a two-month run for this Henrik Ibsen play directed by Glen Byam Shaw.
1962 There's attached to No Strings Richard Rodgers' score for this tuner. Rodgers supplied his own lyrics for this musical starring Richard Kiley and Diahann Carroll. There will be 580 performances.
1964 To honor William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, the New York Philharmonic presents an Homage to Shakespeare. William Ball directs a stellar cast that includes John Gielgud, Edith Evans and Margaret Leighton interpreting various selections.
1976 Jo Mielziner, a set designer who ruled the Broadway stage for years, dies four days before his 75th birthday. In 1949, he earned his first Tony Award for set design for his productions of , Sleepy Hollow , Summer and Smoke , Anne of the Thousand Days and the transparent framework set for South Pacific , for which he is perhaps best remembered. Death of a Salesman
1987 Andrew Lloyd Webber's rolls into the Gershwin Theatre. The roller skate spectacle with Starlight Express John Napier's set features Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle.
2001 Cathy Rigby joins the cast of the struggling as The Cat in the Hat. Seussical
2009 A revival of Noël Coward's — featuring an array of stars from the worlds of stage and screen — opens at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Blithe Spirit Michael Blakemore directs the "improbable comedy" about a novelist ( Rupert Everett) doing research with an eccentric medium ( Angela Lansbury) who conjures up the ghost of his late first wife ( Christine Ebersole), with dire consequences for his second wife ( Jayne Atkinson). Angela Lansbury's performances as Madame Arcati earns her a fifth Tony Award.
2012 A Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning American tragedy , starring Death of a Salesman Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The production, which re-creates Jo Mielziner's original Tony Award-winning scenic design, also features Linda Emond as Linda Loman, Andrew Garfield as Biff, and Finn Wittrock as Happy. The revival will win Tony Awards for director Mike Nichols, and for Revival of a Play.
Today's Birthdays: J. Pat O'Malley 1904. Hildy Parks 1926. Judd Hirsch 1935. Thommie Walsh 1950.
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