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Playbill Vault’s Right this moment in Theatre Historical past: August 10

1911 Birthday of playwright Jerome Chodorov, who writes the play My Sister Eileen, which he later adapts with Leonard Bernstein, Joseph A. Fields, Betty Comden, and Adolph Inexperienced into the Tony Award-winning musical Fantastic City. Different works embody the performs Anniversary Waltz and Junior Miss, and the books to the musicals The Lady in Pink Tights and I Had a Ball.

1920 Actor James O’Neill, father of playwright Eugene, dies at age 72. The elder O’Neill is greatest identified for his prolonged stick with the touring manufacturing, The Rely of Monte Cristo.

1942 When Paul Robeson opens within the title position of Othello on the Brattle Corridor Summer season Theatre in Massachusetts, he turns into the primary African-American actor to play the Moor in an interracial manufacturing in america. His efficiency receives rave opinions.

1983 Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy, who had lately been auditioning for the position of Uncle Ben in a Broadway revival of Demise of A Salesman, doesn’t get the half. A spokesperson for the manufacturing quickly makes a press release saying, “It needed to do with capability and expertise. It had nothing to do with politics.”

1986 The British invasion that began with Evita continues tonight as Me and My Lady “Lambeth Stroll”s into the brand new Marquis Theatre within the Marriott Marquis Resort on Broadway. Featured within the Mike Ockrent-directed remodeling of the 1937 Noel Homosexual-L. Arthur Rose-Douglas Furber musical are Robert Lindsay, Maryann Plunkett, George S. Irving, and Jane Connell. Me and My Lady wins Tony Awards for its two main gamers (Lindsay and Plunkett), however loses the Greatest Musical award to a different British import, Les Misérables. There are 1,420 performances on Broadway.

1999 Dylan Baker performs the title character in The Public Theater’s manufacturing of the Molière basic Tartuffe because it begins its reign on the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for a run by September 5. Tartuffe, a couple of venal and libidinous spiritual hypocrite who holds a family underneath his thrall till he’s uncovered, stars an organization that features Wendell Pierce, J. Smith-Cameron, Dana Ivey, Charles Kimbrough, and Mary Testa. Mark Brokaw directs the manufacturing.

2001 Debbie Does Dallas, a stage musical based mostly the pornographic movie of the identical title, debuts on the New York Worldwide Fringe Competition. Constructive opinions result in a full-scale Off-Broadway manufacturing the next 12 months, starring Sherie Rene Scott.

2004 Movie icon Mickey Rooney returns to the stage at 83 in an Off-Broadway revue titled Let’s Placed on a Present! The Tony Award nominee (for Sugar Infants) is greatest identified for his puckish movie performances within the many Andy Hardy films and such footage as Babes in Arms and Babes on Broadway.

2010 Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, who starred within the hit 1992 movie Sister Act, begins a restricted run as Mom Superior within the London musical of the identical title on the Palladium Theatre.

2013 Eydie Gorme, a well-liked singer of the ’50s and ’60s within the healthful, All-American vein, who grew to become identified the world over as half of the duo Steve and Eydie when she married Steve Lawrence, dies at age 84. She gained a Grammy Award for her model of “If He Walked Into My Life,” from Mame, and made a single look on Broadway within the musical Golden Rainbow.

Extra of Right this moment’s Birthdays: Jack Haley 1898. Eddie Fisher 1928. Antonio Banderas 1960.

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