1912 Stop in at the Liberty Theatre in New York and see just what it takes when you’re Elevating a Husband. Edward Everett Horton, Conway Tearle, and Jessie Carter are among the cast of the Clara Lipman and Samuel Shipman farce. It runs 120 performances.
1953 A true witch hunt comes to Broadway as Arthur Miller’s The Crucible premieres on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre. Inspired by the real-life Salem witch trials of 1692, Miller’s political work is a clear commentary on Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities committee, which worked to root out supposed communist sympathizers from all aspects of American life with little regard for facts or evidence. McCarthy’s reign would peter out a year and a half after The Crucible opened on Broadway, while the play itself won four 1953 Tony Awards, including Best Play.
1971 Katie Finneran is born in Chicago, Illinois. A two-time Tony Award winner for her performances as Brooke Ashton in Noises Off and Marge MacDougall in Promises, Promises, her Broadway appearances also include Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Miss Hannigan in Annie.
2003 A woman goes on a journey of the soul when she resolves to quit smoking in Michael John LaChiusa‘s musical Little Fish, which begins performances at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. Graciela Daniele directs a cast that includes Jennifer Laura Thompson, Lea DeLaria, Marcy Harriell, Hugh Panaro, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Celia Keenan-Bolger.
2009 A controlling mother, an unstable daughter, and a handsome stranger are the trio at the center of Richard Greenberg‘s 1990 play The American Plan, which opens in its Broadway debut at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. David Grindley directs the Manhattan Theatre Club production, starring Mercedes Ruehl, Lily Rabe, and Kieran Campion.
Today’s Birthdays August Strindberg 1849. Constance Collier 1878. George Balanchine 1904. Ann Sothern 1909. Lee Dixon 1914. Lemuel Ayers 1915. Sid Ramin 1919. Piper Laurie 1932. Emanuel Azenberg 1934. Bill Bixby 1934. Michael Cristofer 1945. Diane Lane 1965.
Watch highlights from Katie Finneran’s Tony Award-winning performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises: