Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!
Tony nominee and Academy Award winner Julie Andrews was born on October 1. Find out more about the actress who starred in the original Broadway productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot, and the films “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” at PlaybillVault.com.
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: “It all began tonight” in 1957 at the Winter Garden Theatre as West Side Story opens. The Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents classic is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but has New York teenage gangs pitted against each other instead of Verona’s dueling families. It includes such classic songs as “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” The show is choreographed and staged by Peter Gennaro and Jerome Robbins, who came up with the show’s original 1949 concept: “East Side Story.” The piece evolved, with new music, a new location and a new ethnicity to become what it is tonight. Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence and Chita Rivera star.
For more on the original production of West Side Story, including a look inside a Playbill from the show, visit PlaybillVault.com.
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1979, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are the princes of Broadway as their new musical, Evita, opens at the Broadway Theatre. This very successful production will continue to run for 1,567 performances. Patti LuPone stars as Eva Peron, with Mandy Patinkin as Che Guevara, the quasi-narrator of the musical. Clive Barnes of the New York Post reports that “Evita is a stunning, exhilarating theatrical experience, especially if you don’t think about it too much.”
For more on the original Broadway production of Evita, including a look inside a Playbill from the show, visit PlaybillVault.com.