PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: JUNE 2

By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
June 2, 2014

1954 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carousel is revived for a ten-week run at the New York City Center. In the cast are Barbara Cook and Jo Sullivan.



1955 Michael Redgrave heads the cast in Tiger at the Gates. Christopher Fry's adaptation of Jean Giraudoux's La Guerre de Troi n' aura pas Lieu describes the Trojan hero Hector, and his determination to avoid a war with Greece. It will run for 13 weeks at London's Apollo Theatre.

1982 Conceiver-director Sheldon Epps adds a touch of blue to the Great White Way as his Blues in the Night opens on Broadway. The cast at the Rialto Theatre features Leslie Uggams, Debbie Shapiro, Jean Du Shon and Charles H. Coleman. The musical centers on the three women's woes featuring 24 songs from various blues artists.

1999 Actor-composer-playwright and concert artist Hershey Felder will open his one-man show (with music) about George Gershwin at the Tiffany Theatre in W. Hollywood. George Gershwin Alone, under the direction of Joel Zwick, will make it to Broadway and open April 30, 2001.

2003 Producers pull the plug on a Broadway-bound revival of Little Shop of Horrors after its Florida tryout, and the planned Aug. 14 opening cancelled. Virtually the entire cast and production team is replaced, with only leading man Hunter Foster retained. Under new director Jerry Zaks, the production will open on Broadway in the fall, and Foster will be the lone person from the production nominated for a Tony Award.

2008 Paul Sills, one of the founders of the famous Chicago-based improvisational comedy group known as The Second City, died at his home in Baileys Harbor, WI, of complications from pneumonia. He was 80.

2008 Legally Blonde enters the world of reality-casting when MTV debuts "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods." The series follows ten contestants selected from a nationwide casting call, as they audition to star in the Broadway musical.

2013 Shadows close in on a Connecticut family as the world premiere of Far From Heaven, starring Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale and Isaiah Johnson, opens Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Based on Todd Haynes' 2002 film, the musical has a book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie.

Today's Birthdays: Max Showalter 1917. Milo O'Shea 1926. Lenore Lonergan 1928. Sally Kellerman 1937. Stacy Keach 1941. Marvin Hamlisch 1944. Joanna Gleason 1950. Norm Lewis 1963.