1951 Dolores Gray and Bert Lahr lead a cast of 75 in the revue Two on the Aisle, opening on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre for a run of 276 performances. Abe Burrows directs the show with sketches and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Jule Styne. In his review for The New York Times, critic Brooks Atkinson calls Two on the Aisle "genuine entertainment, full of brains, talent, wit, humor and splendor."
1966 David Wayne, Constance Towers, and Barbara Cook are onboard the Cotton Blossom in a revival of the Oscar Hammerstein II-Jerome Kern musical, Show Boat, at the Music Theater of Lincoln Center. Lawrence Kasha directs and Ron Field choreographs the production.
1990 Got a dime? The John Houseman Theatre becomes the Broadway Jukebox as Ed Linderman's musical revue opens Off-Broadway. The show is new every night as audience members pick 30 songs to be performed from a collection of 90 Broadway showtunes from relatively obscure musicals. The impromptu players include Robert Michael Baker, Susan Flynn, Beth Leavel, Gerry McIntyre, Amelia Prentice, and Sal Viviano.
1999 Film star Andrew McCarthy takes over the role of Clifford in Warren Leight's 1999 Tony Award-winning jazz drama, Side Man. McCarthy, known for roles in movies such as Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, St. Elmo's Fire, and Weekend at Bernie's, replaces Scott Wolf (from TV's Party of Five).
2002 Billy Joel's musical Movin' Out opens its tryout at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago. Mixed reviews prompt director/choreographer Twyla Tharp to overhaul the production, bringing it to Broadway three months later to acclaim, and to Tony Awards for both the primary creators.
2010 Husband-and-wife performers Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie join the cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal at the Booth Theatre. Mazzie and Danieley succeed Tony winner Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James, respectively, as Diana and Dan Goodman.
2011 Ghost – the Musical, a stage version of the Academy Award-winning 1990 non-musical film, opens in London at the Piccadilly Theatre. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the show features music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and a book by Bruce Joel Rubin. The production, including original stars Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy, transfers to Broadway in spring 2012.
2011 A Strange and Separate People, directed by Jeff Calhoun, opens Off-Broadway in the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row starring Jonathan Hammond, Tricia Paoluccio and Noah Weisberg, in a story about an Upper West Side young Orthodox couple who are severely tested when charismatic, newly Orthodox gay man invades their lives.
Today's Birthdays: Pat Hingle (1924-2009), Helen Gallagher (b. 1926), Dennis Cole (1940–2009), Mark O'Donnell (1954–2012), Kim Criswell (b. 1957), Campbell Scott (b. 1961)
Watch highlights from the 2011 London production of Ghost – the Musical: