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MUSICAL THEATRE ARCHIVES

Here is some musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:
June 28, 1902    Richard Rodgers was born today.

June 17, 1917    Rat-packer Dean Martin was born today.

June 21, 1921    Judy Holliday was born today.

June 1, 1926    Marilyn Monroe was born today.

June 23, 1927    Bob Fosse was born today.

June 16, 1937    The Cradle Will Rock did not open on Broadway today. Instead, it was shut down by the WPA’s Federal Theatre Project for reasons that may have been economic or, as Tim Robbins’s film of the same name suggests, motivated by issues of censorship.

June 22, 1969    Judy Garland died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates today. Her death is considered to be a key contributing factor in sparking the Stonewall Riots, which began the gay rights movement.

June 19, 1978    Broadway has a whorehouse in it: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened today and ran for more than four years.

June 3, 1990    City of Angels unexpectedly triumphed over Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love and Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel: The Musical at the Tonys, winning Best Musical, Best Score, and Book.

June 4, 2000    Contact won the Best Musical Tony Award today, despite having no singing or live music.

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