PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JUNE 24

By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez
24 Jun 2013

1942 Gypsy Rose Lee and Bobby Clark are featured in Michael Todd's musical revue, Star and Garter, which opens a 609-performance run at the Music Box Theatre.

1948 One of the earliest ice-skating revues, Howdy, Mr. Ice! opens a 406-performance run at Broadway's Center Theatre.

1976 Opening today, Paul Rudd stars as Henry and Meryl Streep as Katharine in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare-in-the-Park mounting of Henry V. Among the costars are Michael Moriarty (as Chorus), Jay O. Sanders, Stephen Lang, Philip Bosco (as Pistol), Gerry Bamman and Lenny Baker.

1981 Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey opens at the Century Theatre for a run of 157 performances. The production stars Amanda Plummer, in her Broadway debut, as a working-class English teenager who becomes pregnant by a black sailor.

1992 Al Pacino hopes to use his star power to help raise money for the Circle in the Square Theatre by playing two shows in brief repertory: Salome and Chinese Coffee.

1997 Off Broadway gets a taste of Grand Ole Opry when the musical biography Always...Patsy Cline opens at the Variety Arts Theatre. Ted Swindley directs the musical, which he wrote about the country & western star who died in a plane crash in 1963.

1999 Shear Madness, the longest-running show in the history of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, celebrates its 5,000th performance today. The improvisational murder-mystery opened for a 12-week run Aug. 12, 1987 and has been playing ever since.

More of Today's Birthdays Ira Hards 1872. Norma Langworthy 1919. Michele Lee 1942. Anna Louizos 1957.