PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: SEPTEMBER 3
03 Sep 2013
1827 Birthday of John Drew Sr., patriarch of the Drew and Barrymore acting dynasties that will include Georgiana Drew Barrymore; siblings Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore; and today's movie star (and namesake) Drew Barrymore.
1864 Joseph Jefferson opens at the Olympic Theatre in Rip Van Winkle.
1910 The Stuyvesant Theatre, which opened in 1907, is renamed the Belasco.
1998Bill Irwin, David Shiner and the Red Clay Ramblers put some finishing touches on the second revival of their 90-minute performance piece, Fool Moon at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. The show will then make its way to Broadway once more Nov. 22 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The work is, for the most part, similar to the 1993 and 1995 incarnations: a series of sketches and stunts "featuring two grandmasters of physical lunacy in an evening of sly humor, chaos and music."
2002Ted Ross, the big-voiced actor who won a Tony Award for playing The Cowardly Lion in the Broadway musical, The Wiz, a performance he later recreated in the film, dies today at age 68.