Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1954, Julie Andrews makes her Broadway debut in Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend. An affectionate parody of the musicals of the 1920s, it will run for 485 performances at the Royale Theatre.

For more on The Boy Friend, including a look inside a Playbill from the show, visit PlaybillVault.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2009, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig co-star in Keith Huff’s two-character police drama, A Steady Rain, which opens on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. John Crowley directs the play about a pair of Chicago cops whose willingness to blink at corruption leads to disaster.

For more on A Steady Rain, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

Friday, September 26, 2014

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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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.