Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: February 22

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: February 22
Today's birthdays include Lea Salonga, Ellen Greene, and Marni Nixon.
Lea Salonga Joseph Marzullo/WENN

1930 Birthday of Marni Nixon, the singer whose voice is dubbed into the mouths of better-known performers, including Natalie Wood in the film of West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in the film of My Fair Lady. She makes her Broadway debut in 1954's The Girl in Pink Tights, and does not return to Broadway until James Joyce's The Dead in 2000. Other Broadway apperances include revivals of Follies and Nine.

1961 Opening night of Come Blow Your Horn, Neil Simon's first full-length Broadway comedy. It runs 677 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

1962 Olivia de Haviland and Henry Fonda star in A Gift of Time at the Barrymore Theatre. Written by Garson Kanin, based on the book Death of a Man by Lael Tucker Wertenbaker, the production is directed by Kanin.

1966 Two one-acts comprise Tennessee Williams' Slapstick Tragedy at the Longacre Theatre. The Mutilated features Kate Reid and Margaret Leighton as two shop women in an abrasive friendship; and The Gnadiges Fraulein has Leighton as an ex-performer who must pick through the garbage to eat. Zoe Caldwell wins her first Tony as Polly in the latter opposite Leighton.

1967 MacBird! is Barbara Garson's parodic melding of Macbeth and Lyndon Johnson's presidency. It runs at the Village Gate Theatre. Stacy Keach and Rue McClanahan are among the cast.

1978 Jeremy Irons and Simon Ward are directed by Harold Pinter in The Rear Column. Simon Gray's drama depicting British soldiers on a special mission in Africa runs at London's Globe Theatre.

1983 Moose Murders opens—and closes the same night. Arthur Bicknell's farce is set at a run-down ski lodge decorated with numerous moose heads.

1996 William Inge's Bus Stop opens at Circle in the Square Theatre. The Josephine R. Abady-directed production stars Billy Crudup, Mary-Louise Parker, Ron Perlman, and Kelly Bishop.

2007 Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays, Hugh Dancy and Stark Sands star in Journey's End, the Broadway revival of R.C. Sherriff's 1929 war play, which opens at the Belasco Theatre. David Grindley directs after helming the 2004 London revival.

2012 The world premiere of Early Plays, Richard Maxwell's adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's plays anchored in the world of sailors and the sea, opens at St. Ann's Warehouse. A collaboration between the Wooster Group and the New York City Players, the production includes O'Neill's Bound East for Cardiff (1914), The Long Voyage Home (1917), and The Moon of the Caribbees (1918).

2017 The New York premiere of John Kander and Greg Pierce's Kid Victory opens Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. Brandon Flynn and Karen Ziemba star in the musical about the return of a teenage boy who was missing for several months.

2017 The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Steven Levinson's If I Forget opens Off-Broadway under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. The cast features Larry Bryggman, Maria Dizzia, Tasha Lawrence, Jeremy Shamos, Seth Michael Steinberg, Kate Walsh, and Gary Wilmes.

2018 Well, hello, Bernadette! Tony winner Bernadette Peters takes over the title role in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre. Joining her are four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber as Horace Vandergelder, Charlie Stemp as Barnaby, and Molly Griggs in her Broadway debut as Minnie Fay.

More of Today's Birthdays: James Kirkwood, Sr. (1875–1963), Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950), Nacio Herb Brown (1896–1964), Robert Weede (1903–1972), Sheldon Leonard (1907–1997), John Mills (1908–2005), Jules Munshin (1915–1970), Ray Fry (1923–2009), Edward Gorey (1925–2000), Martha Swope (1928–2017), Paul Dooley (b. 1928), Sheila Hancock (b. 1933), Milton Katselas (1933–2008), Barry Weissler (b. 1939), Ellen Greene (b. 1951), Richard Greenberg (b. 1958), Lea Salonga (b. 1971), Jeremy Shamos (b. 1971), Celia Rose Gooding (b. 2000)

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