1955 Today is the opening of The Diary of Anne Frank at the Cort Theatre. Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the drama is based on the manuscript left behind by a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. Diary stars Susan Strasberg as Anne and Joseph Schildkraut as her father. The show will run 717 performances.
1960 Laurence Olivier stars today in Jean Anouilh's Becket at the St. James Theatre. Anthony Quinn plays King Henry to Olivier's Thomas Becket. The King's younger son is played by Kit Culkin, future father of McCauley "Home Alone" Culkin. Peter Glenville is the director. This production runs 193 performances.
1966 Frank Marcus' British comedy about radio broadcasting and lesbians, The Killing of Sister George, opens tonight at the Belasco Theatre. Beryl Reed, Eileen Atkins and Lally Bowers star. The show will run 205 performances. Although a screen version with both Audrey and Katharine Hepburn starring with Bette Davis is reported by Variety as "in the making," the film comes out in 1968 with Beryl Reed.
1995 The 1970 Sondheim musical Company is revived tonight at the Roundabout Theatre. It stars Boyd Gaines, Veanne Cox, Jane Krakowski and La Chanze. The new song, "Marry Me a Little," is added in this revival, which will run 68 performances.
1998 Joe DiPietro's familial comedy Over The River and Through The Woods opens Off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre. The composer's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change cohort, Joel Bishoff, assumes directing duties once more for this tale of Italian grandparents who conspire to keep their grandson from moving away from them. 2000 Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi tries his hand at the stage as his Les Mizrahi begins at the Greenwich House Theatre. Mizrahi, the subject of the successful 1995 documentary film, "Unzipped," not only sings and dances in the new show but designs the sets and costumes.
--By Sam Maher and Ernio Hernandez