Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 6

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 6
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of <i>Hamilton</i>
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of Hamilton Joan Marcus

1947 Variety announces that John Garfield will star in the premiere production of a new Tennessee Williams play, titled A Streetcar Named Desire. As history will have it, however, contractual demands rule him out, only to be replaced by a little-known newcomer, Marlon Brando.

1999 Chicago City Limits, a Chicago-born but New York-based improv troupe, present their Y2K, You're OK at the Chicago City Limits Theatre in Manhattan. The group celebrates its 20th year in New York City with the comedy, which recaps the past millennium from the Crusades to the trouble in the Middle East.

2001 The two-person memoir show, If You Ever Leave Me...I'm Going With You! starring Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, opens on Broadway at the Cort Theatre.

2002 Lyricist Sheldon Harnick, long absent from the stage since his 1960s glory days of Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Rothschilds, returns to the stage with a new musical adaptation of Norton Juster's classic children's book, The Phantom Toolbooth, with music by Arnold Black and a book adapted by Juster himself. The world premiere is hosted by Harwich Junior Theatre in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

2012 Playwright, librettist, and novelist Mark O'Donnell dies at age 58. With librettist Thomas Meehan, O'Donnell adapted two John Waters films into stage musicals: Hairspray and Cry-Baby. The former earned the pair the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and the latter earned them a nomination for the same award. O'Donnell's plays include That's It, Folks!; Fables for Friends; The Nice and the Nasty; Strangers on Earth; Vertigo Park; and the musical Tots in Tinseltown.

2012 Marvin Hamlisch, who achieved theatre immortality as the composer of the iconic musical A Chorus Line, dies at age 68. Hamlisch's other theatre works include the scores for They're Playing Our Song, Jean Seberg, Smile, The Goodbye Girl, Imaginary Friends, and Sweet Smell of Success. He is one of only a small number of people to have won all four major American entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. On top of that, he also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line.

2015 Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed musical that fuses the contemporary and classic worlds to tell the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, opens on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It goes on to win 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

More of Today's Birthdays: Guthrie McClintic 1893. Lucille Ball 1911. Lois Nettleton 1929. Rusty Magee 1955. Faith Prince 1957. Leslie Odom, Jr. 1981.

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