Monthly Archives: August 2013

Today in Theatre History: GLINDA, THE GOOD WITCH, MAKES HER BROADWAY DEBUT–August 31, 1907

It was on this day in theatre history–August 31–in 1907 that Billie Burke made her Broadway debut starring in a comedy produced by the great Charles Frohman and written by Michael Morton (a veritable playwriting machine who cranked out no fewer than … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: ANCIENT ROMAN COMEDY FINALLY CLOSES ON BROADWAY AFTER 2150 YEARS–August 29, 1964

On this day in 1964–August 29–an adaptation of a work by the ancient Roman playwright, Plautus, finally closed after a successful run on Broadway, some 2150 years after it first premiered in Rome.  Admittedly, there was a substantial break in … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: AMERICAN THEATRE’S FIRST REALLY BAD REVIEW–August 27, 1665

Today marks a very sad day in American theatre history–a very sad day indeed–the earliest documented example of a poor review.  Yup.  A play was presented on this day–August 27–in 1665 at Fowkes Tavern in Accomack County on the eastern … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GORDON GEKKO–August 24, 1857

Yup.  Gordon “Greed is Good” Gekko, was actually born on this day–August 24, 1857.  It was on this day that the Panic of 1857 began.  And like all other financial collapses, it was the result of unrestrained greed, over-speculation, and … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: UNCLE TOM’S CABIN ON BROADWAY–August 23, 1852

On this day in theatre history–August 23–in 1852 the world’s first stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, made its Broadway premiere at Purdy’s New National Theatre on Chatham Street, near Park Row.  This was not, as … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: “MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE!”–August 22, 1485

It was on this day in theatre history–August 22, 1485–that the culminating event in the War of the Roses occurred.  The Battle of Bosworth Field saw the two warring houses of English nobility (York and Lancaster) clash to determine the … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: BEAUMARCHAIS, ENEMY OF THE REVOLUTION–August 20, 1792

It was on this very day in 1792–August 20–that the great French playwright, Pierre Beaumarchais (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro), was declared an enemy of the French Revolution and imprisoned.  It was quite the tumble from his … Continue reading

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