Thursday, July 31, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: A musical with puppets as the main characters? It may sound crazy, but today in 2003, the PG-13-rated musical Avenue Q opens at the Golden Theatre. It will go on to run for 2,534 performances on Broadway, and win the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical. One month after its final Broadway performance, the production will re-open Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

For more on Avenue Q, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2004, ghosts of the McCarthy era and playwright Arthur Miller’s doomed marriage to movie star Marilyn Monroe haunt a major revival of Miller’s After the Fall at Roundabout Theatre Company. Peter Krause, Carla Gugino and Jessica Hecht star in the production, directed by Michael Mayer who wove together the best from various versions of Miller’s script. Miller accepts a standing ovation on the stage of the American Airlines Theatre opening night. It turns out to be Miller’s final Broadway curtain call, as he passes away less than five months later.

For more on the 2004 revival of After the Fall, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

Monday, July 28, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1998, An Evening With Jerry Herman opens at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. Featuring the composer himself, along with Florence Lacey and Lee Roy Reams, this musical revue highlights some of Herman’s greatest songs from his musicals, both hits (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles) and flops (Mack & Mabel and Dear World). After failing to find an audience during the slow summer months, however, the show will be forced to close in late August, about a month earlier than originally announced.

For more on An Evening With Jerry Herman, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.