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Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: March 26

1905 Actor Maurice Barrymore dies at age 57. He was father to Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, and John Barrymore.

1911 Thomas Lanier Williams is born in Columbus, Mississippi. In 1940, a play opens in Boston titled Battle of Angels by ‘Tennessee’ Williams and theatre quickly adjustments ceaselessly. He goes on to write down The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Want, Cat on a Sizzling Tin Roof, and different performs.

1923 Actor Sarah Bernhardt, 79, dies in Paris. She started her stage coaching on the age of 13 and had her first stage success on the age of 28. It was a double triumph as she performed the roles of Cordelia in King Lear and the queen in Ruy Blas on the Comedie-Francaise. She additionally acted the lead in Hamlet. She toured Europe and America along with her personal firms.

1964 Barbra Streisand turns into “the best star” when she opens on Broadway in her signature present, Humorous Woman, and debuts her signature track, “Individuals” by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill.

1970 Martin McDonagh is born in Camberwell, London, and after a childhood spent in Eire, writes a collection of lauded performs set largely in County Galway. His first trilogy of performs consists of The Magnificence Queen of Leenane, A Cranium in Connemara, and The Lonesome West. McDonagh goes on to write down The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane, and Hangmen.

1973 Playwright, composer, and actor Noël Coward dies in Jamaica. He made his Broadway debut in The Vortex, which he additionally wrote and directed. A prolific author and composer, his type set and captured the wit and magnificence of the time. He was 74 years previous.

1987 August Wilson comes out swinging together with his new play, Fences, which opens on the 46th Road Theatre. The drama a few household within the 1950s wins the Tony, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics Circle, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Stars James Earl Jones and Mary Alice additionally go residence with Tonys.

1997 The solar lastly comes out for an additional tomorrow when the 20th anniversary revival of Annie, starring Nell Carter as Miss Hannigan, opens on the Martin Beck Theatre. Within the weeks previous to the opening, the present made headlines after changing star Joanna Pacitti, the younger actor chosen through a nation-wide contest, with Brittny Kissinger.

2001 The which means of the phrase “Nuremberg Protection” is explored for a brand new era in a stage adaptation of Abby Mann’s Judgment at Nuremberg, about postwar Nazi trials. It opens on Broadway with Maximilian Schell, George Grizzard, and Michael Hayden.

2008 Jeremy Irons makes his London Nationwide Theatre debut in Howard Brenton’s play By no means So Good, enjoying British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

2009 Geoffrey Rush holds courtroom in a Broadway revival of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist comedy Exit the King on the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Neil Armfield directs a forged that additionally contains Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose, and Andrea Martin.

2017 Lynn Nottage’s Sweat opens on Broadway at Studio 54, following a sold-out Off-Broadway engagement on the Public Theater. Kate Whoriskey directs the play a few group of associates who work collectively on the road of a manufacturing facility flooring, who’re pitted towards one another by layoffs and picket strains. A couple of weeks later, the play is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

2018 4 New Yorkers are concerned in a homicide investigation within the foyer of a Manhattan condo complicated in Foyer Hero, Kenneth Lonergan’s 2001 play making its Broadway debut on the Hayes Theater. Chris Evans, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Cera, and Bel Powley star.

Extra of At this time’s Birthdays Chico Marx 1886. Pierre Boulez 1925. Alan Arkin 1934. Martin Quick 1950. T.R. Knight 1973.

Watch highlights from the 2014 Broadway manufacturing of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe:

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