Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: September 2

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and Ernio Hernandez, Robert Viagas
01 Sep 2015

1918 A stage adaptation of Booth Tarkington's popular Penrod stories proves a bust. It opens today and runs just 48 performances.

1924 The operetta Rose-Marie opens at the Imperial Theatre. Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart have written the music, and Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach the lyrics. It will run 557 performances and enjoy a long life in tours and regional productions.

1948 Don't Listen, Ladies opens at London's St. James Theatre. Constance Cummings and Denholm Elliott head the cast. It will run for nearly seven months.

1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill to establish a National Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Later, the Center will be named the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2000 Bernadette Peters, who won a Tony Award for the title role of Annie Oakley in the classic Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, hangs up her holster as she exits the role she has been playing since the revival opened March 4, 1999. Her leading man, Tom Wopat, steps down from the role of Frank Butler tonight as well. They will be replaced by Cheryl Ladd (TV's "Charlie's Angels") and Patrick Cassidy (Leader of the Pack), then country singer Reba McEntire and Brent Barrett (Chicago).

2003 U.S. premiere of hit Paris/Monaco musical bio of artist Pablo Picasso, La Vie en Bleu. Jeffrey Coon plays Picasso in the Walnut Street Theatre production.

2014 Andrea Martin, who won 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Berthe in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, returns to the role for a limited engagement of 24 performances.

Today's Birthdays: Jean Dalrymple 1902. Marge Champion 1919. Dominic Chianese 1934. P.J. Benjamin 1951. Caroline O'Connor 1962. Chad Kimball 1976.