PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: JUNE 3
By David Gewirtzman
1866 Birthday of playwright and producer George Broadhurst (1866-1952), responsible for dozens of plays and musicals, including the first stage adaptation of Tarzan of the Apes. Also, namesake of the Broadhurst Theatre.
1931 Jump on the The Band Wagon at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz provide lyrics and music with dancing turns by Fred and Adele Astaire and Tilly Losch. It rolls on for 260 performances.
1942 The Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical that had the longest run in its original production (427 performances) is the nearly forgotten By Jupiter, starring Ray Bolger, Benay Venuta and Vera-Ellen.
1971 No Sex Please - We're British begins performances at London's Strand Theatre. Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot penned this farce about a family man mistakenly inundated with pornography. It will stay for years in the West End, but enjoy only a brief Broadway run.
1975 The Fred Ebb-John Kander musical Chicago comes to New York City on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre. Director-choreographer Bob Fosse brings to life the story of a chorus girl who gets away with murder, literally. The cast features Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach. It will run just two years in its original production, but a 1996 revival will run more than fifteen years.
1981 Al Pacino stars in a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo at Off-Broadway's Circle in the Square Downtown. The production is directed by Arvin Brown and also starred Clifton James and Thomas G. Waites.
2001 Mel Brooks' musical The Producers, based on his own film parody of Broadway, wins a record 12 Tony Awards, sweeping every category in which it was nominated.
2010 Rue McClanahan, who gained fame as the star of two long-running sitcoms, "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," dies at age 76. Her Broadway credits included The Best Laid Plans, Jimmy Shine, Father's Day, Sticks and Bones, California Suite, The Women and Wicked.
Today's Birthdays: Maurice Evans 1901. Paulette Goddard 1910. William Douglas Home 1912. Dorothy Kilgallen 1913. Leo Gorcey 1917. Lili St. Cyr 1918. Colleen Dewhurst 1924. Barbara Walsh 1955. Jeff Blumenkrantz 1965.
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