By Ernio Hernandez
and Robert Viagas
02 Sep 2013
1924 The operetta Rose-Marie opens at the Imperial Theatre. Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart have written the music, and Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach the lyrics. It will run 557 performances and enjoy a long life in tours and regional productions.
1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill to establish a National Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Later, the Center will be named the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
2000 Bernadette Peters, who won a Tony Award for the title role of Annie Oakley in the classic Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, hangs up her holster as she exits the role she has been playing since the revival opened March 4, 1999. Her leading man, Tom Wopat, steps down from the role of Frank Butler tonight as well. They will be replaced by Cheryl Ladd (TV's "Charlie's Angels") and Patrick Cassidy (Leader of the Pack), then country singer Reba McEntire and Brent Barrett (Chicago).
2003 U.S. premiere of hit Paris/Monaco musical bio of artist Pablo Picasso, La Vie en Bleu. Jeffrey Coon plays Picasso in the Walnut Street Theatre production.