Today's Birthdays 6/25

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Posted: 6/25/08 at 3:43pm
Gustave Charpentier 6/25/1860 - 2/18/1956 composer - Louise [which has the gorgeous aria "Depuis le Jour". 1 of the absolutely most beautiful recorded renditions of this aria was recorded by Dorothy Maynor. Ck her out!]; film with Grace Moore

George Abbott 06/25/1887 - 1/31/1995 aka "Mr. Abbott"; Presenter, Producer, Writer, Source Material, Director, Performer, Other; father of Judith Abbott, uncle of Carl Fisher; His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. Won 11 Tony Awards, second only to his protégé Harold Prince's unprecedented 20-win record. Abbott's wins: in 1955, with collaborator Richard Bissell, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "The Pajama Game;" in 1956, with collaborator 'Douglas Wallop' , as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "Damn Yankees!;" in 1960, as Best Director (Musical), and, with collaborator Jerome Weidman, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "Fiorello!;" in 1963, as Best Director (Musical) for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;" in 1976, the Lawrence Langner Award; and in 1987, a Special Tony Award "on the occasion of his 100th birthday." He was also nominated in 1958 as author of the book of Best Musical nominee "New Girl in Town," and in 1963 as Best Director (Dramatic) for "Never Too Late." He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. - [His] long life (107 years) and colossal catalog (more than 110 Broadway shows, sometimes also as producer, writer or even actor) remains unparalleled. Among his projects were original productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, On the Town, Wonderful Town, Once Upon a Mattress, Fiorello!, Damn Yankees, On Your Toes, The Pajama Game, Where's Charley?, Pal Joey and literally dozens more. tv's & film's The Jazz Age; Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (Louise Brooks, Ogden Perkens [Tony's Pop])

Charlotte Greenwood 06/25/1890 -1/18/1978 wife of Martin Broones (1924 - 1971) his death, Cyril Ring (1916 - 1922) divorced; performer; nicknamed Lady Longlegs (6' tall) - So Long Letty; Les So Long; Linger Longer Letty; Letty Pepper; Out of This World; film's Oklahoma

Lord Louis Mountbatten 6/25/1900 - 8/27/1979 English statesman, naval leader and last viceroy of India - whenever I think of him, I think of "The Jewel in the Crown"

George Orwell 6/25/1903 - 1/21/1950 author: Animal Farm, 1984

Anne Revere 6/25/1903 - Dec 18, 1990 performer, brilliant character actress - Tony Award-winning actress: Toys in the Attic [1960]; Academy Award winner [1944]: National Velvet; A Place in the Sun, Gentlemen’s Agreement, Forever Amber, The Song of Bernadette, The Howards of Virginia

Roger Livesey 06/25/1906 - 2/5/1976 performer; brother of Jack Livesey, Barrie Livesey, father of Sam Livesey, husband of Ursula Jeans (1936 - 4/21/1973) - origs The Country Wife; Storm Over Patsy; 1969 Hamlet (Francesca Annis, Nicol Williamson); film's Of Human Bondage, The Entertainer; 1 of my VERY fav movies "I Know Where I'm Going" with Dame Wendy Hiller. Never get tired of watching it. Oh how I wish it was filmed in color!

Peter Lind Hayes 06/25/1915 - 4/21/1998 performer - Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?; Lovers; film's The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Zis Boom Bah!, Peter Loves Mary [w/wife, Mary Healy]

Sidney Lumet 06/25/1924 Son of Baruch Lumet, dir, performer; seems like he performed/worked with a lot of actors from the original "Group" & is still alive to talk about it, Would love to hear his stories; In 1947 he started an off-Broadway acting troupe that included such future stars as Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach, and other former members of Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio who had become unsatisfied with Strasberg's concepts. Lumet made his stage directing debut in 1955. However, he had been directing television shows since 1950, beginning at CBS, and soon became regarded as an important TV director. He piloted about 150 episodes of the crime series "Danger" (1950) and 26 episodes of "You Are There" (1953) (he was still directing successful TV teleplays as late as 1960, long after he had become an established film director). - Dead End; The Eternal Road (Dickie Van Patten, Lotte Lenya); Morning Star (Molly Picon); Brooklyn, U.S.A.; Night of the Auk (Wendell Corey, Chris Plummer, Dick York, Claude Raines, Martin Brooks); Nowhere to Go But Up (Martin Balsam, Tom Bosley, Frank Campanella, Mary Ann Mobley, Dorothy Loudon); tv's & film's 100 Centre Street, Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, Deathtrap, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, Family Business, Playhouse 90, Gloria, Q & A; The Fugitive Kind (Marlon Brando); Running on Empty; Daniel; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Getting Out

Mary Beth Peil 06/25/1930 [imdb says 1940] performer; classically trained singer - 1985 The King and I; 2003 Nine; tv's & film's Dawson's Creek; 2004 The Stepford Wives; Law & Order; The List

Lee Wilkof 06/25/1951 performer; Husband of Connie Grappo - orig Little Shop of Horrors (Ellen Greene, Ron Taylor); 1986 Sweet Charity; 1986 The Front Page; 1993 She Loves Me; 1999 Kiss Me, Kate; 2002 The Boys from Syracuse; 2005 The Odd Couple; tv's & film's Imaginary Heroes; Ally McBeal; 100 Centre Street; This Boy's Life; Max Headroom; Hart to Hart; Delta House; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Hunter Foster 6/25/1969 Performer; brother of Sutton Foster; husband of Jennifer Cody - Les Misérables [replacement]; 1994 Grease; King David; Footloose; The Producers [replacement]; Urinetown (John Cullum, Jennifer Cody, Rick Crom); Little Shop of Horrors; film's 2005 The Producers


1952 Harold Rome's musical Wish You Were Here, set in the world of mountain summer resorts, opens a 598-performance run at the Imperial Theatre, starring Jack Cassidy, Larry Blyden and Shela Bond, who will win a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. The show is memorable for featuring a swimming pool on stage.

1990 Robert Louis Stevenson is rocking and rolling Off-Broadway as his Jekyll and Hyde is turned into a rock musical, courtesy of composer Michael Skloff with book and lyrics by the team of David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Seven years later, Frank Wildhorn will try his hand at the dual-personality drama on Broadway.

1991 Two couples find themselves celebrating the Fourth of July on Fire Island together when Terrence McNally's play, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, opens today at the Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center. The play stars Nathan Lane and Swoosie Kurtz, and Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald, as the two married pairs. Following a succesful engagement here, the production will transfer to Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre for a commercial run in January 1992.

1998 Warren Leight's play Side Man opens tonight at the Roundabout Theater's Stage Right Auditorium as a last minute replacement production. Under the direction of Michael Mayer is a cast including Frank Wood, Wendy Makenna, and Robert Sella. Upon its closing at the Roundabout, the jazz-themed comedy drama will take up shop for an open-ended commercial run at Broadway's John Golden Theater, with movie star Christian Slater replacing Sella as the narrator, Clifford. Come June, the play, by now having been cited as a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will win Tony Awards for best play and best featured actor for Wood, as the side man himself.

2001 Urinetown, which began life at the New York Fringe Festival, ends its run at a tiny Off-Broadway Theatre en route to what seemed at the time a highly dubious transfer to Broadway. The show will become a hit, win Tony Awards for Best Book and Score, run 965 performances.


On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. Indian Chief Crazy Horse won the two-hour Battle of the Little Bighorn, Montana. There were 200+ casualties. Ironically, the only survivor of Custer’s forces was a horse, Comanche.

1886 - Nineteen-year-old Arturo Toscanini moved from the cello section to the conductor’s stand of the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra. The maestro conducted Aida this day.

1950 War broke out on the Korean peninsula as forces from the communist North invaded the South.

1973 The Theater Development Fund TKTS booth opens for (discount) business at Broadway and 47th street. The booth will prove a landmark of the New York theatre world by providing same-day tickets to audiences to many performances, both on Broadway and off, at discounted prices.

(sources: IBDB, IMDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY,’s Those Were The Days,