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VIDEO: On This Day, March 24- The 1994 Revival of CAROUSEL Waltzes Onto BroadwayVIDEO: On This Day, March 24- The 1994 Revival of CAROUSEL Waltzes Onto Broadway
by Stage Tube - March 24, 2017

On this day in 1994, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carousel opened at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 23 - Remembering Elizabeth TaylorVIDEO: On This Day, March 23 - Remembering Elizabeth Taylor
by Stage Tube - March 23, 2017

Today we remember Dame Elizabeth Taylor who passed away on this day in 2011 at the age of 79. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 22- The Lord and Master: Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd WebberVIDEO: On This Day, March 22- The Lord and Master: Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber
by Stage Tube - March 21, 2017

Two of musical theatre's most talented people, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber share a birthday - March 22, 2011. Here they are performing together in a rare, join appearance to celebrate the birthday of another legend - Cameron Mackintosh. Enjoy and Happy Birthday! (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 21: Kings of Broadway! THE PRODUCERS Begins A Sold-Out Broadway RunVIDEO: On This Day, March 21: Kings of Broadway! THE PRODUCERS Begins A Sold-Out Broadway Run
by Stage Tube - March 21, 2017

On this day in 2000, previews began for Mel Brooks' and Susan Stroman's hotly anticipated musical adaptation of his classic comedy The Producers. Now an obsolete tradition in the age of technology as well a sign of the success to come, on this historic morning, a lengthy line of ticket buyers made its way down the street from the St. James box office, welcoming the buzzy new show to the neighborhood.   (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 17- SPAMALOT Begins the Quest of Broadway PreviewsVIDEO: On This Day, March 17- SPAMALOT Begins the Quest of Broadway Previews
by Stage Tube - March 17, 2017

On this day in 2005, Monty Python's SPAMALOT, the smash hit musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, began previews at the Shubert Theater on Broadway. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 16: Remembering Composer and Director, Mitch LeighVIDEO: On This Day, March 16: Remembering Composer and Director, Mitch Leigh
by Stage Tube - March 16, 2017

Today we salute the life and career of Broadway composer, Mitch Leigh, who passed away on this day in 2014 at age 86. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 15 - The Oh So Loverly MY FAIR LADY Opens at the Mark Hellinger TheaterVIDEO: On This Day, March 15 - The Oh So Loverly MY FAIR LADY Opens at the Mark Hellinger Theater
by Stage Tube - March 15, 2017

On this day in 1956, Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison took to the Broadway stage for opening night of a musical retelling of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Under the tutelage of linguist, Henry Higgins, a poor Cockney flower girl is transformed into a woman of society in this Lerner and Loewe musical theatre gem aptly titled, My Fair Lady. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 14- 700 SUNDAYS and 69 Years: Happy Birthday, Billy Crystal!VIDEO: On This Day, March 14- 700 SUNDAYS and 69 Years: Happy Birthday, Billy Crystal!
by Stage Tube - March 14, 2017

Today we wish a happy birthday to one of the kings of comedy and a star of stage and screen, Billy Crystal, who turns 69 today.   (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 13- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants Broadway and Becomes 10th Longest Running Show in HistoryVIDEO: On This Day, March 13- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants Broadway and Becomes 10th Longest Running Show in History
by Stage Tube - March 13, 2017

On this day in 2002, the Broadway production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast played its 3,225th performance, making it the tenth longest running show in Broadway history. The show surpassed Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's musical Life with Father to earn the distinction. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 10- A Star is Born: Laura Benanti Debuts as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSICVIDEO: On This Day, March 10- A Star is Born: Laura Benanti Debuts as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Stage Tube - March 10, 2017

On this day in 1999, Richard Chamberlain and Laura Benanti joined the cast of the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music as the new Captain Von Trapp and Maria Rainer, succeeding Michael Siberry and Rebecca Luker in the roles. The two continued in the roles through the production's closing on June 20. 1999, after 533 performances. (more...)
VIDEO: On This Day, March 9th- Uptown Comes to Midtown as IN THE HEIGHTS Opens on BroadwayVIDEO: On This Day, March 9th- Uptown Comes to Midtown as IN THE HEIGHTS Opens on Broadway
by Stage Tube - March 9, 2017

On Sunday, March 9, 2008, In The Heights officially opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater. With music and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, a book by Quiara Alegra Hudes, and conceived by Miranda, In The Heights was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winners Thomas Kail and Andy Blankenbuehler. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day, March 8- Helen MIrren Receives a Royal Opening for THE AUDIENCE on BroadwaySTAGE TUBE: On This Day, March 8- Helen MIrren Receives a Royal Opening for THE AUDIENCE on Broadway
by Stage Tube - March 8, 2017

stufffOn this day in 2015, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren returned to Broadway with a stunning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's The Audience, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry. The production nabbed two Tony Awards, one for Mirren in the Leading Actress in a Play category and the other for Featured Actor in a Play, taken home by Richard McCabe for his portrayal of Harold Wilson. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: On This Day, March 7th - Happy Birthday, Donna Murphy!STAGE TUBE: On This Day, March 7th - Happy Birthday, Donna Murphy!
by Stage Tube - March 7, 2017

Welcome to BWW's ON THIS DAY Series celebrating theatrical birthdays, openings and special events that took place on this day in theatre history! (more...)
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...)

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