Today's Birthdays 2/4

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Today's Birthdays 2/4#0
Posted: 2/4/04 at 3:40pm
Richard Boleslavsky 02/04/1889 - Jan 17, 1937 dir. performer, Assistant director of the Moscow Art Theatre (1909-1915). Came to U.S. in 1920; Director of American Laboratory Theatre, author "Acting: The First Six Lessons" [required reading for all actors] - The Vagabond King; Falstaff (Charles Coburn, Iva Willis Coburn [Mrs. Charles Coburn]); Judas

Eddie Foy, Jr. 02/04/1905 - Jul 15, 1983 perf., brother of Mary Foy, son of Eddie Foy - origs: The Cat and the Fiddle; At Home Abroad (Bea Lillie, John Payne, Ethel Waters); The Pajama Game; Donnybrook!; film's Yankee Doodle Dandy, Bells Are Ringing, The Pajama Game, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Four Jacks and a Jill

Conrad Bain 02/04/1923 perf. - Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove; Candide (Barbara Cook); Advise and Consent; 1973 Uncle Vanya (Julie Christie, Lillian Gish); 1991 On Borrowed Time; tv's & film's Mork & Mindy, Postcards from the Edge, Bananas

David Newman 02/04/1937 - Jun 27, 2003 Husband of Leslie Harris England (1958 - 2003) his death - "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" (Jack Cassidy, Linda Lavin); Oh! Calcutta!; The Life

Collin Wilcox 02/04/1937 perf. - The Day the Money Stopped (Richard Basehardt, Mildred Natwick, Kevin McCarthy, Richard Basehart); Look, We've Come Through (Burt Reynolds)

Conrad John Schuck 02/04/1940 perf. - Annie; 1999 Annie Get Your Gun

Marie Masters 02/04/1941 perf. - There's a Girl in My Soup

Lisa Eichhorn 02/04/1952 perf. - The Speed of Darkness; Any Given Day (Sada Thompson, Justin Kirk, Andrea Marcovicci, Victor Slezak)

Marc Moritz 02/04/1956 perf. - Merrily We Roll Along

Jonathan Larson 02/04/1960 Writer, Lyricist, Composer - Rent

SHOWS THAT OPENED ON THIS DATE:

1938 Thornton Wilder turns the spotlight on the simple trials and tribulations of Our Town. Martha Scott and Frank Craven are among the cast at the Henry Miller Theatre. The production will run 42 weeks and go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.

1946 Playing the supposedly dumb blonde to the hilt, Judy Holliday stars in Born Yesterday. Garson Kanin penned the story, which also features Paul Douglas. It will play 1,642 performances.

1958 Tony Randall stars as a sailor with a woman in at least two ports in Oh Captain! This musical, with songs by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, is directed by Jose Ferrer. It will run at the Alvin Theatre in New York for 192 performances.

1999 Hang on Snoopy! At least till tonight, when you and the whole gang step out of the strip and into the Ambassador Theatre in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Anthony Rapp and B.D. Wong are among the cast of this revival of Clark Gesner's musical. Director Michael Mayer adapted the 32 year-old show; new songs were added by musical arranger Andrew Lippa

2003 Opening night on Broadway for Richard Greenberg's baseball drama, Take Me Out. The story of a baseball star who comes out as gay will go on to win the 2003 Tony Award as Best Play.

ON THIS DAY IN:

1783 Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America....until 1812.

1983 - Singer Karen Carpenter died at her parentís home in Los Angeles of heart failure caused by chronic anorexia nervosa. Her death, at the age of 32, brought about more public awareness of the disease, characterized by a loss of appetite brought on by mental illness.

1987 - The show-biz world was saddened when Liberace died of AIDS at his Palm Springs, CA estate. He was 67 and had been gravely ill for weeks. Lee, as he was known, was the master of Las Vegas. Hundreds of thousands flock to his museum there (operated by his brother, George) to see Liberaceís garish suits, trademark candelabra, and learn of the myths behind this hugely successful star of television, stage and concerts the world over.

(sources: IBDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY, 440.comís Those Were The Days, Playbill.com)

Milla