MUSICAL THEATRE ARCHIVES

Here is some musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:
March 21, 1869    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. was born today in Chicago. The 1936 Oscar-winning ‘The Great Ziegfeld’ immortalized his life and marriages.

March 8, 1921    Cyd Charisse was born today. She achieved stardom as Gene Kelley’s dance partner in Singin’ in the Rain. The other highlights of her relatively brief career included The Bandwagon, Brigadoon, It’s Always Fair Weather, and Silk Stockings. At 68, Charisse made her Broadway debut as Elizaveta Grushinskaya, the aging Russian ballerina in Grand Hotel.

March 22, 1930    Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim was born on this day, in New York City, to Etta Janet (nee Fox) and Herbert Sondheim.

March 31, 1943    Rodgers, Hammerstein and de Mille all but gave birth to what we now know as a ‘musical.’ Oklahoma! opened today.

March 12, 1946    Liza Minnelli was born today. Liza made her first on-screen appearance at age one in her parent’s film In the Good Old Summertime.

March 6, 1948    Stephen Schwartz was born today. He first hit the scene contributing lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s Mass in 1971. That same year, Godspell opened off-Broadway.

March 22, 1948    Pop rock musicals would never have been the same or maybe they would never have been at all. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born today.

March 29, 1951    Rodgers and Hammerstein solidified their position as the premiere writers of musicals with the Broadway opening of The King and I.

March 10, 1954    The Threepenny Opera opened at the Theater de Lys off-Broadway today. It was the first major American production of the jazz and opera-infused musicals by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

March 3, 1975    Goodtime Charley opened today. Playing opposite Joel Grey was Ann Reinking. The 104-performance flop lost $1.1 million.

March 1, 1979    Attend the tale: Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway today.

March 24, 1994    A revival of Carousel opened on Broadway. More important than the show itself was the Broadway debut of the actress playing Carrie Pipperidge: Audra Ann McDonald.

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