1920 In Rollo's Wild Oat, the title character rents a theatre and hires actors so he can star in Hamlet. Roland Young has the lead in this Clare Kummer play.
1937 John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men opens at the Music Box Theater. Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford star as traveling companions Lenny and George. It will run 207 performances.
1938 Eddie Albert, Ronnie Graham, Teddy Hart, Jimmy Savo and Burl Ives are The Boys From Syracuse. George Abbott adapted the story from Shakepeare's Comedy of Errors. Music and lyrics are supplied by Rodgers and Hart, and George Balanchine provides the choreography.
1944 The Man Who Had All the Luck certainly isn't lead actor Karl Swensen or anyone else involved in this drama -- by Arthur Miller. The show, about a man who realizes his luck is a result of careful planning and hard work, plays only four times.
1993 In order to get a review from Frank Rich of the New York Times before he leaves, Tony Kushner opens his Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika at the Walter Kerr Theatre tonight. Rich, who is known for raving about the first part of the play, is leaving his post soon, to be succeeded by a reviewer known for not being enthusiastic about the piece. When the review comes out, the play is defined as a "true millennial work of art." Perestroika runs in repertory with Millennium Approaches and runs for 216 performances. ? By Anne Bradley & Sam Maher