Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski open in the Donmar Warehouse revival of Guys and Dolls on this date in 2005.
1971 You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown premieres on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Although Clark Gesner’s musical was a huge success Off-Broadway, running 1,597 performances, the Broadway incarnation does not fare as well, lasting only 32 performances.
1976 Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf opens at the Public Theater. The Off-Broadway staging receives an Obie Award for Distinguished Production and transfers to Broadway that same year, becoming the second play by a Black woman to be produced on the Main Stem.
1978 Bernard Slade’s Tribute, about a Hollywood publicity agent who is dying of cancer and trying to make amends with his estranged son, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Jack Lemmon stars as the father in the production that plays 212 performances.
1998 A.R. Gurney’s new play, Labor Day, opens at Manhattan Theatre Club. John, the semi-autobiographical protagonist in Gurney’s earlier The Cocktail Hour, reappears in the new work. The Off-Broadway production is directed by Jack O’Brien.
2009 MCC Theater’s production of Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan’s musical Coraline, starring Jayne Houdyshell in the title role, opens at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre directed by Leigh Silverman.
2011 David Tennant and Catherine Tate, known to Doctor Who fans as the Doctor and Donna Noble, open in a production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Josie Rourke directs the limited summer run.
2019 Ars Nova’s Obie-winning production of Underground Railroad Game opens at its new downtown theatre, Ars Nova at Greenwich House. Since debuting with Ars Nova in 2016, the show has toured eight cities on three continents. Creators Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard reprise their performances as a pair of teachers who go round after round on the mat of our nation’s history, tackling race, sex, and power.
Today’s Birthdays: John Van Druten (1901–1957); Joan Copeland (b. 1922); Andy Griffith (1926–2012); Peter Masterson (1934–2018); Morgan Freeman (b. 1937); Cleavon Little (1939–1992); Rene Auberjonois (1940–2019); Jonathan Pryce (b. 1947); Betsy Wolfe (b. 1982).