1939 A young Hollywood hopeful is forced to watch her own career fizzle as her boyfriend's blossoms in Lew Brown's musical Yokel Boy. Lois January and Buddy Ebsen star in the new show, opening at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. There are 208 performances.
1944 Birthday of Tony Award winner Claude-Michel Schönberg, who begins his career in France as a record producer and singer, and later collaborates with Alain Boublil as composer and co-book writer of the long-running musicals Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.
2000 The high-altitude comedy, The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair, begins performances at New York City's 78th Street Theatre Lab. The ensemble-created piece explores the real-life Larry Walters, who launched himself to 16,000 feet in an aluminum lawn chair, with the help of 50 surplus weather balloons, where he was spotted by passing aircraft.
2000 The Winter's Tale celebrates its opening at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Brian Kulick directs with choreography by Naomi Goldberg, and stars including Bronson Pinchot, Keith David, Aunjanue Ellis, Erica M. Tazel, and Bill Buell.
2001 Brooke Shields returns to Broadway as Sally Bowles in the Cabaret revival. Also today, pop singer, '80s icon, and future Tony Award-winning composer Cyndi Lauper stars in David Henry Hwang's new musical Largo, which has a brief run at New York Stage and Film's summer season at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre.
2011 The London premiere of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Road Show opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by John Doyle, the production stars Michael Jibson and David Bedella as brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner.
More of Today's Birthdays: Aleksander Pushkin (1799–1837). Margaret Phillips (1923–1984). Susan Johnson (1927–2003). Donal Donnelly (1931–2010). Ned Beatty (b. 1937). Geoffrey Rush (b. 1951). Christopher Ashley (b. 1964).