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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...)
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...)

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