By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Christopher Reichheld and Anne Bradley
21 Jan 2014
1929 James Whale (of filmdom's "Frankenstein" renown) directs Journey's End at London's Savoy Theatre. R.C. Sherriff's drama, depicting life for British soldiers in the trenches of World War I, wins 485 performances.
1936 Raymond Massey, Pauline Lord, and Ruth Gordon are the triangle in the solemn yet devastating Ethan Frome. This adaptation of Edith Wharton's novella by Owen and Donald Davis will run 15 weeks at the National Theatre in New York.
1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber's producing company, The Really Useful Group, puts up shares on the London stock exchange.
2004 Making the most of her 15 minutes of fame, Gennifer Flowers, the woman who said she had an intimate relationship with married President Bill Clinton, joins he company of the Off-Broadway revue Boobs! The Musical.
2010 A Broadway production of Noel Coward's 1942 comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as graying matinee idol Garry Essendine, opens at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Nicholas Martin, the cast also includes Harriet Harris as tart-tongued secretary Monica Reed, and Brooks Ashmanskas as mad young playwright Roland Maul.
2011 Theoni V. Aldredge, the three-time Tony Award-winning costume designer, dies at age 88. Ms. Aldredge won Tony Awards for her costumes for the original Broadway productions of Annie, Barnum and La Cage aux Folles, and created iconic costumes for such shows as A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and 42nd Street.