Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: March 25

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In 2018, the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America opens; Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane go on to win Tonys for the performances.

1871 Birthday of Lee Shubert, one of the three legendary Shubert brothers who found the theatre-owning and producing empire, the Shubert Organization.

1901 Character actor Ed Begley is born. He stars in the original Broadway production of All My Sons, and wins a Tony Award for his performance as Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind.

1940 Ingrid Bergman makes her Broadway debut opposite Burgess Meredith in a revival of Ferenc Molnár‘s Liliom. Five years later, the play serves as the source for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel.

1976 My Fair Lady is revived at the St. James Theatre in New York. Ian Richardson and Christine Andreas play Henry Higgins and Eliza. Jerry Adler stages the 377-performance run.

1984 Joe Mantegna and J. T. Walsh spout the F word aplenty in the new play by David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross. Covering the intense world of real estate sales, Glengarry opens at the John Golden Theatre and wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It runs 378 performances.

1997 Christopher Plummer becomes “The Great Profile” as he stars in William Luce‘s Barrymore at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre.

1999 Broadway gets Closer. Patrick Marber directs his play of desire and dissection at the Music Box Theatre. The British cast includes Tony Award winner Natasha Richardson, Rupert Graves, Anna Friel, and Ciaran Hinds. It runs for 172 performances.

2004 Alec Baldwin plays flamboyant and desperate producer Oscar Jaffe in Roundabout Theatre Company‘s art deco revival of the 1932 comedy Twentieth Century. Real-life movie star Anne Heche co-stars as film diva Lily Garland.

2010 Come Fly Away, Twyla Tharp‘s dance musical that moves to the music of Frank Sinatra, opens on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre. Following four couples as they fall in and out of love during an evening at a crowded nightclub, the show uses original masters of Sinatra’s voice with a live onstage band.

2013 Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw star in the world premiere of John Logan‘s Peter and Alice, opening at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre. The play revolves around the meeting of Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Dench) and Peter Llewelyn Davies (Whishaw) at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, when the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan.

2018 The National Theatre revival of Tony Kushner‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning master work Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes opens at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre. Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane win Tony Awards for their respective performances as Prior Walter and Roy Cohn, and the production wins Best Revival of a Play.

2019 Performer and playwright Maddie Corman shares her story of perseverance in the wake of the unthinkable with the world premiere of her solo show Accidentally Brave, opening at the DR2 Theatre.

More of Today’s Birthdays: Jay Blackton (1909–1994). Nancy Kelly (1921–1995). Richard O’Brien (b. 1942). Elton John (b. 1947). Sarah Jessica Parker (b. 1965). Lee Pace (b. 1979).

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