Denzel Washington made his Broadway debut on this day in 1988 in Checkmates.
1981Melvyn Douglas dies at the age of 80. Born in Macon, Georgia, as Melvyn Edouard Heselberg, Douglas went on to become one of the more accomplished stage actors of his generation, winning a Tony Award for his performance in the original 1960 Broadway production of The Best Man. Douglas' performances in the films Hud and Being There earned him Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.
2002Harlem Song, George C. Wolfe's history of New York City's world-famous African-American neighborhood as told through its music and dance, opens at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, returning that theatre to the ranks of the city's legitimate stages. Tony nominee B.J. Crosby (Smokey Joe's Cafe) and solo performer Queen Esther lead the cast. The show runs through December 29 and releases a cast album.
2014Constantine Maroulis, who received a 2009 Tony nomination for his performance as Drew in the musical Rock of Ages, returns to the role for a limited 12-week engagement.