07 May 2015
1915 Among the dead after the sinking of the Lusitania are producer-manager Charles Frohman and playwright Charles Klein. Frohman's first success was Shenandoah. In 1893 he opened the Empire Theater in New York with his own stock company. Two of Klein's plays The Auctioneer and The Music Master were produced by David Belasco. At the time of his death, Klein was a play reader for Charles Frohman.
1953Lilo was the star but a young dancer named Gwen Verdon stole the show at Cole Porter's Can-Can, which opened an 892-performance run at the Shubert Theatre today.
1963 In Minneapolis, MN Tyrone Guthrie's namesake theater opens with a production of Hamlet starring George Grizzard as the Prince and Jessica Tandy as Gertrude. Ralph Rapson designed the complex that cost 2.5 million dollars to construct and outfit.
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.