Just Some New Year's Broadway Babies

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What better way to ring in the New Year than by celebrating a birthday!

We dug into the record books to see what Broadway notables were born on the first of the year. They include:

Barbara Baxley appeared in over a dozen Broadway shows between 1948 and 1983. Tony-nominated in 1961 for Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment, she was also known her memorable turns in Private Lives, The Three Sisters, Whodunnit and the original production of She Loves Me.

Shannon Bolin, the Broadway actress best known for originating the role of Meg Boyd in Damn Yankees. Other Broadway credits include The Golden Apple and Only in America.

Larry L. King, who wrote the book for Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as well as The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. King also penned the screenplay for the 1982 screen adaptation.

Frank Langella, the longtime stage and screen actor most recently seen on Broadway in Roundabout's A Man For All Seasons. The three-time Tony Award winner will soon appear in Oliver Stone's sequel to "Wall Street."

Kate Levering, a musical theatre performer Tony-nominated for her turn as Peggy Sawyer in the 2001 revival of 42nd Street. Notable Broadway credits include Winnie in Annie Get Your Gun, Zaneeta in The Music Man and Therese in Thou Shalt Not.

Michael O'Haughey, a South-African born actor and vocalist who originated the role of Mary Sunshine in Kander and Ebb's Chicago.

Louise Pitre originated the role of Donna Sheridan in the London and Broadway premieres of Mamma Mia! Pitre played Fantine in the 1991 Paris production of Les Miserables and is heard on the French-language cast album. International theatre credits include acclaimed performances in Piaf, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Sweeney Todd and Blood Brothers.

A few other New Year's Day Babies include legendary Warner Brothers film actor Ty Hardin, author and playwright Joe Orton, actor Don Novello best known as "Father Guido Sarducci" on SNL, Olivier Award-winning actress Clare Holman, Daytime Emmy winner Eden Riegel (who appeared as Young Cosette on Broadway prior to joining the cast of "All My Children") and renowned Irish stage actor Colin Morgan.

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