The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole opens on Broadway on this date in 2006.
1920 Eugene O’Neill‘s first full-length drama, Beyond the Horizon, opens at the Morosco Theatre. The drama of the Mayo brothers and the woman they both love stars Richard Bennett, Robert Kelly, and Elsie Rizer. It wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
1923 Broadway columnist Liz Smith is born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1925 Tony Award-winning performer Elaine Stritch is born in Detroit, Michigan. Her Broadway appearances include Sail Away, Company, Pal Joey, A Delicate Balance, and her Tony-winning solo show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
1926 James Rennie is The Great Gatsby at the Ambassador Theatre. Also starring Florence Eldridge and Elliot Cabot, the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel by Owen Davis runs 14 weeks. George Cukor directs.
1969 Boris Karloff, who came to life on film as Frankenstein’s monster, dies at age 82 in Sussex, England. He made his first stage appearance in 1910. In 1941 he appeared in the comedy Arsenic and Old Lace at the Fulton Theatre in New York.
2006 The air inside Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre is clouded with grief and uncertainty—elements emanating from David Lindsay-Abaire‘s Rabbit Hole. Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery star as parents grieving for the loss of their only child. Nixon wins a Tony Award for her performance, and the play wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
2014 Academy Award-winning stage and screen actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is found dead in his Manhattan apartment. He starred in three Broadway productions, earning Tony nominations for all three performances: Austin/Lee in True West, James Tyrone, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Hoffman also appeared in and directed numerous Off-Broadway productions, including many at the LAByrinth Theater Company, where he was co-artistic director.
More of Today’s Birthdays: James Joyce (1882-1941). Ayn Rand (1905-1982). Stefan Schnabel (1912-1999). Brent Spiner (b. 1949). Cady Huffman (b. 1965). Jennifer Westfeldt (b. 1971). Marissa Jaret Winokur (b. 1973).
Watch a clip of Elaine Stritch singing “Liaisons” in the 2010 Broadway revival of A Little Night Music: