In 1993, Julie Andrews stars Off-Broadway in the Sondheim revue Putting It Together.
1918 Actor-manager Henry Miller opens his theatre in New York City. It’s designed to seat 1,000 spectators and capable of handling the latest staging innovations. In 1998 the theatre is renamed the Kit Kat Klub for a revival of Cabaret, and in 2010 it is renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
1993 Putting It Together, a revue based on Stephen Sondheim’s work by Julia McKenzie and the composer himself, plays at the Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center. Julie Andrews, Christopher Durang, Stephen Collins, Michael Rupert, and Rachel York help sell out the house. A few years later, Broadway sees a revised version, with Carol Burnett starring.
1999 The Broadway production of Conor McPherson‘s ghost-haunted The Weir opens at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The Olivier Award-winning Irish drama plays 277 performances on Broadway, but is absent from the Tony Awards nominations.
2001 London import Stones in His Pockets opens on Broadway. In it, two Irish actors embody an entire Irish town as an American film company arrives to capture local color for a movie.
2001 At first, all we knew was the odd title: future Broadway smash Urinetown makes its Off-Off-Broadway debut in a 120-seat space at the American Theatre of Actors.
2010 Red, John Logan‘s biographical play that frames a moment in the life of abstract-impressionist painter Mark Rothko, opens on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne star.
2012 The second Broadway revival of The Best Man, Gore Vidal‘s 1960 play about two candidates seeking their party’s nomination for the U.S. presidential election, opens at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Michael Wilson directs an ensemble that includes James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, Jefferson Mays, Kerry Butler, Michael McKean, and Angela Lansbury.
2013 Tom Hanks portrays late Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mike McAlary in the Broadway premiere of Nora Ephron‘s Lucky Guy. George C. Wolfe directs the fast-paced drama that takes audiences into the newsrooms of New York City’s tabloid newspapers.
Also Born on This Date: Laurette Taylor (1884–1946). Wallace Beery (1885–1949). George Grizzard (1928–2007). Jane Powell (b. 1929). Barbara Byrne (b. 1929). Annette O’Toole (b. 1952). Loretta Ables Sayre (b. 1958).