Video: 'American Musical The Cradle Will Rock'
(Monday, January 3, 1938, 8:40 p.m. EST) — The musical play The Cradle Will Rock, which follows the efforts of Larry Foreman to unionize the town’s workers and combat wicked, greedy businessman Mr. Mister, made its Broadway debut tonight at the Windsor Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘The Cradle Will Rock’ opens on Broadway 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 3 1938)
Video: 'SHOW BOAT (1929 Footage)'
(Tuesday, December 27, 1927, 8:15 p.m. EST) — Show Boat, a musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II about riverboat entertainers who find love, laughs and hardships as they sail along “Old Man River,” opened tonight on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘Show Boat’ opens on Broadway 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 27 1927)
Video: 'The Music Man (Original Broadway Cast)' (18 videos)
(Thursday, December 19, 1957, 1957, 7:30 p.m. EST) — The Music Man, a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey about a con artist who hawks musical instruments and band uniforms to small-town America, opened tonight on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘The Music Man’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 19 1957)
Video: 'Jessica Tandy & Marlon Brando-A Streetcar Named Desire (Radio Version)'
(Wednesday, December 3, 1947, 8:00 p.m. EST) — A Streetcar Named Desire, a play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams about a fading southern belle who tries to build a new life with her sister in New Orleans, opened on Broadway tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ opens on Broadway 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 3 1947)
Video: 'Natalie Portman - Today Interview - The Diary of Anne Frank (Full Interview)'
(Monday, December 1, 1997, 8:46 a.m. EST) — Actress Natalie Portman was interviewed today on Today to promote her Broadway debut in a new version of The Diary of Anne Frank on Dec. 4, 1997, at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. Continue reading Natalie Portman promotes Broadway debut 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1997)
Video: 'Pins & Needles 1963'
(Saturday, November 27, 1937, evening EST) — Pins and Needles, a musical revue produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union with music and lyrics by Harold Rome, opened tonight at the Labor Stage Theatre in New York. Continue reading ‘Pins and Needles’ musical revue opens on Broadway 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1937)
Video: 'The Lion King OBC 1997 New York' (20 videos)
(Thursday, November 13, 1997, 6:30 p.m. EST) — The Lion King, a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, officially opened tonight on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater. Continue reading ‘The Lion King’ musical officially opens on Broadway 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 13 1997)
Video: 'Hair (Original Broadway Cast Recording)' (19 videos)
(Tuesday, October 17, 1967, 8:30 p.m. EDT) — Hair, the first “rock musical,” premiered tonight at the new Public Theater (still under construction) at 425 Lafayette Street in the former Astor Library in Lower Manhattan. Continue reading ‘Hair’ rock musical premieres Off-Broadway 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1967)
Video: 'West Side Story (1957) composite'
(Thursday, September 26, 1957, 7:45 p.m. EST) — West Side Story, a musical play (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) that explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City, opened tonight on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Continue reading ‘West Side Story’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 26 1957)
Video: 'Annie  The original cast performs a medley on the Tony Awards'
(Wednesday, April 21, 1977, 6:15 p.m. EST) — The musical play Annie, based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, opened tonight on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in New York, beginning a run of 2,377 performances. Continue reading ‘Annie’ musical play opens on Broadway 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1977)