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Playbill Vault’s Right now in Theatre Historical past: August 4

1981 Melvyn Douglas dies on the age of 80. Born in Macon, Georgia as Melvyn Edouard Heselberg, Douglas went on to turn out to be one of many extra achieved stage actors of his era, successful a Tony Award for his efficiency within the authentic 1960 Broadway manufacturing of The Greatest Man. Douglas’ performances within the movies Hud and Being There earned him Academy Awards for Greatest Supporting Actor.

1985 Charles Dickens‘ unfinished novel turns into The Thriller of Edwin Drood, a musical by Rupert Holmes on the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park. The play-within-a-play adaptation is carried out by a forged together with Betty Buckley, Judy Kuhn, and Donna Murphy, who play members of a troupe that’s performing the present. The manufacturing transfers to Broadway’s Imperial Theatre later within the season and runs for 608 performances, finally altering its title to easily Drood.

1988 Denzel Washington makes his Broadway debut within the comedy Checkmates with Ruby Dee, Marsha Jackson, and Paul Winfield. The present runs 177 performances on the 46th Road Theatre.

1999 Following her current Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow returns to the stage at Massachusetts’ Williamstown Theatre Competition in As You Like It. As soon as once more cross-dressing, she stars as Rosalind in a forged that additionally consists of Mark Linn-Baker, Michael Cumpsty, Lea DeLaria, and Alessandro Nivola. Barry Edelstein directs.

2002 Harlem Tune, George C. Wolfe‘s historical past of New York Metropolis’s world-famous African-American neighborhood as informed by its music and dance, opens on the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, returning that theatre to the ranks of the town’s legit levels. Tony nominee B.J. Crosby (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) and solo performer Queen Esther lead the forged. The present runs by December 29 and releases a forged album.

2014 Constantine Maroulis, who obtained a 2009 Tony nomination for his efficiency as Drew within the musical Rock of Ages, returns to the position for a restricted 12-week engagement.

Right now’s Birthdays: Louis Armstrong 1901. Louise Kirtland 1919. D.L. Coburn 1938. Amelia Campbell 1965.

Watch highlights from the 2012 Broadway revival of The Thriller of Edwin Drood:




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