Saturday, June 17, 2006

Today June 17 in Broadway History

Some fun blurbs from years past on

1860 Birthday of prolific producer Daniel Frohman (1860-1915) who, often in collaboration with his brothers Daniel and Gustave, will produce dozens of Broadway shows including Sherlock Holmes, The Girl from Maxim's, Barbara Frietchie, When Knighthood Was in Flower and Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines. In one busy stretch, September and October 1902, he will open 12 plays on Broadway.

1955 American producer and playwright John Golden dies at age 81. First an actor and then a writer, Golden eventually found success as the producer of such plays as The First Year and Seventh Heaven. A Broadway house bearing his name serves as a memorial.

1972 Tradition is broken as Fiddler on the Roof becomes the longest-running Broadway production, its 3,225 performances allowing it to surpass the previous record set by Life With Father. The Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Joseph Stein musical, based on Shalom Alechem stories of "Tevye and His Daughters," has reportedly been playing at a loss for over a year in an attempt to break the long-run record and will soon close up shop.

Today's Birthdays: Sammy Fain 1902. Ralph Bellamy 1904. Virginia Martin 1919. Mark Linn-Baker 1954.

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