Saturday, July 01, 2006

July 1st in Broadway History

What happened in theater History, July 1st? From

"- 1931 Florenz Ziegfeld says goodbye to the Ziegfeld Follies, as the final installment produced by the great showman opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre. This edition of the legendary revue stars Helen Morgan, Harry Richman and Buck and Bubbles. There will be 164 performances.

- 1954 Actress Anne Bancroft marries Martin May today. But things will not last forever; May and the Miracle Worker star will divorce only two-and-a-half years later, on February 13, 1957. Her subsequent marriage to Mel Brooks endures.

- 2004 Marlon Brando, the actor perhaps most associated with the naturalistic new style of American acting that emerged after World War II, dies at age 80. On stage, Brando memorably played the brutish Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, repeating his work on film. His much revered, much-parodied and much-copied mumbly, brooding style would be seen on film for the next four decades. His credits include the films "Guys and Dolls" (as Sky Masterson), "The Godfather," "Superman," "Apocalypse Now," "Last Tango in Paris" and "On the Waterfront," among many others. The Omaha native made his Broadway debut as Nels in I Remember Mama in 1944."

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