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MUSICAL THEATRE ARCHIVES

Here is some musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:
October 29, 1891    Fanny Brice, the star of a dozen editions of The Ziegfeld Follies, brilliant comedienne, and inspiration for Funny Girl, was born today.

October 16, 1925    Angela Lansbury, musical star of Mame, Anyone Can Whistle, Gypsy, The King and I, Dear World, Sweeney Todd, and others, was born today.

October 27, 1925    Jane Connell, who created the role of Agnes Gooch in Mame in 1966, was born today. She reprised her role in the film version of Mame and again in the 1983 revival. In 1986 she was nominated for a Tony Award for Me and My Girl, and appeared again on Broadway in Crazy for You in 1992.

October 25, 1927    Barbara Cook, star of the original productions of Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, was born today.

October 14, 1930    The Gershwins’ Girl Crazy opened on Broadway, making a star of Ethel Merman, who stopped the show cold with “I Got Rhythm”.

October 20, 1935    Jerry Orbach, star of the original productions of The Fantasticks, Carnival!, Promises, Promises, Chicago, and 42nd Street – as well as revivals of Guys and Dolls and Annie Get Your Gun – was born today.

October 17, 1967    Hair opened at The Public Theatre for a brief Off-Broadway run of 50 performances, prior to a Broadway transfer a few months later.

October 12, 1971    The rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar opened in New York, marking Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway debut.

October 23, 1972    Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin opened on Broadway, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

October 30, 2003    Just in time for Halloween, Wicked, the musical about two witches, landed on Broadway.

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