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STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/09 - and a Very Happy Birthday to Chaim Topol!STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/09 - and a Very Happy Birthday to Chaim Topol!
by Stage Tube - September 9, 2016

Hello and welcome to BWW's ON THIS DAY Series! Please read along as, each day, we celebrate birthdays, shows' openings and all kinds of theatrical events that have happened on this date. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/08 - CARNIVAL IN FLANDERS Opened on BroadwaySTAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/08 - CARNIVAL IN FLANDERS Opened on Broadway
by Stage Tube - September 8, 2016

Sixty-three years ago, the musical 'Carnival in Flanders' opened on Broadway, at New York's New Century Theatre. With music and lyrics by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, and with Preston Sturges's book, based on French comedy film 'La Kermesse Heroique'. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/07/16 - We Remember Albert BassermannSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/07/16 - We Remember Albert Bassermann
by Stage Tube - September 7, 2016

Today was the birthday of Albert Bassermann, a German who actor who had an unusually prolific stage and then screen career - the the extent that he is now considered the first German actor to achieve such crossover. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/06 - Wishing a Happy Birthday to Anika Noni RoseSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/06 - Wishing a Happy Birthday to Anika Noni Rose
by Stage Tube - September 6, 2016

Hello and welcome to BWW's ON THIS DAY Series! Please read along as, each day, we celebrate birthdays, shows' openings and all kinds of theatrical events that have happened on this date. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/05/16 - Remembering Freddie Mercury on his BirthdaySTAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/05/16 - Remembering Freddie Mercury on his Birthday
by Stage Tube - September 5, 2016

Hello and welcome to BWW's ON THIS DAY Series! Please read along as, each day, we celebrate birthdays, shows' openings and all kinds of theatrical events that have happened on this date. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/04/16 - Frank Loesser's THE MOST HAPPY FELLASTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/04/16 - Frank Loesser's THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
by Stage Tube - September 3, 2016

On 4 September 1991, New York City Opera opened their production of "The Most Happy Fella", a relatively little-known musical by Frank Loesser, whose more famed work includes Guys and Dolls. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/03/16 - the Amelie BirthdaysSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/03/16 - the Amelie Birthdays
by Stage Tube - September 3, 2016

Today is the fictional birthday of Parisian waitress, Amelie Poulain, and director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie captured hearts in Jeunet's 2001 film, which was nominated for five Academy awards. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/31 - Celebrating the Birthday of Alan Jay LernerSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/31 - Celebrating the Birthday of Alan Jay Lerner
by Stage Tube - August 31, 2016

On 31 August 1918, Alan Jay Lerner was born - and he went on to become one of the most popular lyricist and librettists in musical theatre's history. A native New-Yorker, Lerner studied at the Juilliard School before being mentored by both Oscar Hammerstein and Lorenz Hart. His first big hit was Brigadoon, written with Frederick Lowe, and it is for his collaborations with Lowe that he is best-known - especially for My Fair Lady. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/30 - Sarah-Jane Potts was Born to Wear KINKY BOOTS!STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/30 - Sarah-Jane Potts was Born to Wear KINKY BOOTS!
by Stage Tube - August 30, 2016

Today happens to be the fortieth birthday of actress Sarah-Jane Potts, who is probably best-known for her prominent role in 'Kinky Boots' - the movie on which Harvey Fierstein and Cyndie Lauper based their Tony Award-winning musical. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/29/16- Lea MicheleSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/29/16- Lea Michele
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2016

Happy Birthday, Lea Michele! Best known to theatre audiences for her role as 'Wendla' in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance. She also starred in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof. For her work on GLEE, Michele was honored with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Actress - Comedy or Musical and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/27/16- CHICAGOSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/27/16- CHICAGO
by Stage Tube - August 27, 2016

Today in 1977, Chicago closed at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre), where it ran for 936 performances. Chicago is a musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, with music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Chicago's 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway and is its fourth longest-running show. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/26/16- SISTER ACTSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/26/16- SISTER ACT
by Stage Tube - August 26, 2016

Today in 2012, Sister Act closed at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 561 performances. Sister Act is a musical written by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the hit 1992 film comedy of the same name. Patina Miller, who originated the role of Deloris in the West End production, reprised the role on Broadway, making her Broadway debut. The original cast featured Victoria Clark (Mother Superior),Fred Applegate (Monsignor), Sarah Bolt (Sister Mary Patrick), Chester Gregory (Eddie), Kingsley Leggs (Curtis), Marla Mindelle (Sister Mary Robert) and Audrie Neenan (Sister Mary Lazarus). (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/25/16- 42ND STREETSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/25/16- 42ND STREET
by Stage Tube - August 25, 2016

Today in 1980, 42nd Street opened at the Wintergarden Theatre, where it ran for 3486 performances. 42nd Street is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, directed by an ailing Gower Champion and orchestrated by Philip J. Lang, won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became a long-running hit. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 film adaptation, it focuses on the efforts of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/24/16- OKLAHOMA!STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/24/16- OKLAHOMA!
by Stage Tube - August 24, 2016

Today in 1980, the second Broadway revival of Oklahoma! closed at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 293 performances. Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/23/16- Andrew RannellsSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/23/16- Andrew Rannells
by Stage Tube - August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Andrew Rannells! Rannells played Bob Gaudio in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys. In January 2009, he reprised the role of Gaudio in the musical's Broadway production. Rannells originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, a musical written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez. For his performance, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. His last performance was June 10, 2012. He will soon play Bryan Buckley in Ryan Murphy's new television series The New Normal on NBC. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/22/16- James CordenSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/22/16- James Corden
by Stage Tube - August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, James Corden! In 2004, Corden played the role of Timms in the original London stage production of Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, as well as in the Broadway, and Sydney productions. In 2011 he attracted international attention as the lead in the award-winning comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, which transferred from the National Theatre to the West End and then to Broadway, and was also cinecast worldwide via National Theatre Live. For his ongoing Broadway run of the play, Corden won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/21/16- LA CAGE AUX FOLLESSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/21/16- LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by Stage Tube - August 21, 2016

Today in 1983, La Cage Aux Folles opened at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 1761 performances. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman, it is based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret. The original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The success of the musical spawned a West End production and several international runs. The 2004 Broadway revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival, the 2008 London revival garnered the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. The 2010 Broadway revival was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. La Cage aux Folles is the only musical which has won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical twice and the only show that has won a Best Production Tony Award (Best Musical or Best Revival of a Musical) for each of its Broadway productions. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/19/16- GREASESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/19/16- GREASE
by Stage Tube - August 19, 2016

Today in 2007, the second Broadway revival of Grease opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran for 554 performances. Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as the greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (loosely based on William Howard Taft School), follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/18/16- MY FAIR LADYSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/18/16- MY FAIR LADY
by Stage Tube - August 18, 2016

Today in 1981, the second Broadway revival of My Fair Lady opened at the Uris Theatre (now the George Gershwin Theatre), where it ran for 120 performances. My Fair Lady is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well born lady. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a hit, setting what was then the record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/16/16- Cristin MiliotiSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/16/16- Cristin Milioti
by Stage Tube - August 16, 2016

Happy Birthday, Cristin Milioti! Milioti currently stars in the Tony-Award winning musical ONCE. Her other Broadway credits include The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Coram Boy. Off-Broadway credits include Once, The Little Foxes, Stunning (Lucille Lortel nom.), That Face, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Retributionists, Crooked. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/16- HAIRSPRAYSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/16- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - August 15, 2016

Today in 2002, Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 2642 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/14/16- 1776STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/14/16- 1776
by Stage Tube - August 14, 2016

Today in 1997, the first Broadway revival of 1776 opened at Criterion Center Stage Right, where it ran for 333 performances. 1776 is a musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The story is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It focuses on, and partly fictionalizes, the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and to sign the document. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical was made into a film of the same name in 1972. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/10/16- ME AND MY GIRLSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/10/16- ME AND MY GIRL
by Stage Tube - August 10, 2016

Today in 1986, Me and My Girl opened at the Marquis Theatre, where it ran for 1420 performances. Me and My Girl is a musical with book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose and music by Noel Gay. It takes place in the late 1930s in Hampshire, Mayfair, and Lambeth. The musical had a successful original run on the West End in 1937 and very successful revivals in both London and New York in the 1980s. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/8/16- SHENANDOAHSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/8/16- SHENANDOAH
by Stage Tube - August 8, 2016

Today in 1989, the first Broadway revival of Shenandoah opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre), where it ran for 32 performances. Shenandoah is a musical that was written in 1975 with music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell, and a book by Udell, Philip Rose and James Lee Barrett, based on Barrett's original screenplay for the 1965 film Shenandoah. The musical first opened at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1974 and then transferred to Broadway, opening on January 7, 1975. It ran on Broadway for a total of 1,050 performances, closing August 7, 1977. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won two, one for Best Actor in a Musical (John Cullum) and the other for Best Book of a Musical. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/7/16- Rachel YorkSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/7/16- Rachel York
by Stage Tube - August 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Rachel York! York has appeared on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miserables; Norma in Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Julie Andrews; Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel; Miss Fancy in Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss; and Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrelswith Jonathan Pryce. She appeared off-Broadway opposite Julie Andrews in Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together and in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Dessa Rose. Most recently, Rachel was seen in The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman and created the role of Cruella de Vil in The 101 Dalmatians Musical directed by Jerry Zaks. (more...)

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