1919 Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse call it Kissing Time at London’s Winter Garden Theatre. Ivan Caryll provides the music for the tale of complications arising when French ladies carry on correspondence with younger men during the war. Lips lock for 430 performances.
1956 Drama critic and caricaturist Max Beerbohm dies in Rapallo, Italy. Half-brother of actor Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, he was drama critic for the Saturday Review. His one-act play, The Happy Hypocrite, was produced in 1900 by Mrs. Patrick Campbell. He was 84 years old.
1969 La Corporation du Grand Theatre de Quebec is founded to promote the arts in Quebec City, Canada. The building has a large 1,800-seat theatre for operas, concerts, and dramas; a 300–600-seat flexible room for plays; and a music conservatory for the 250–350 students.
1990 The fateful four in Forever Plaid harmonize their way to Off-Broadway’s Steve McGraw’s Supper Club (renamed the Triad Theatre years later). Stan Chandler, David Engel, Jason Graae, and Guy Stroman compose the cast of Stuart Ross’ musical about a quartet who get to perform their last show they never made it to.
1999 Next year’s Tony nominees Philip Seymour Hoffman (True West) and Amy Ryan (Uncle Vanya) star in the Drama Dept.’s double bill of Richard Greenberg’s The Author’s Voice and Peter Hedges’ Imagining Brad. Evan Yionoulis directs both productions at the Greenwich House Theatre.
2001 The Producers wins most of the top musical prizes at the Drama Desk Awards, setting the stage for its record-breaking Tony Award win a few weeks later.
2012 Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent’s Old Jews Telling Jokes, an evening of comedy whose title says it all, opens Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. The revue stars Bill Army, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman, Audrey Lynn Weston, and Lenny Wolpe.
Watch Judy Kuhn sing “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas: