PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: NOVEMBER 22

By David Gewirtzman
and Anne Bradley, Steve Luber and Sam Maher
November 22, 2013

1937 Ethel Barrymore and Dudley Digges star in The Ghost of Yankee Doodle. Written by Sidney Howard, the play deals with a woman pacifist whose industrialist family stands to profit from selling arms to Japan. It runs for 48 performances.



1949 Katharine Cornell is That Lady, a princess confined in her castle by a jealous monarch. Guthrie McClintic stages the Kate O'Brien play.

1950 For just 30 nights audiences can experience The Relapse, or Virtue in Danger. Cyril Ritchard revives Sir John Vanbrugh's Restoration comedy at the Morosco Theatre.

1965 Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion are living "The Impossible Dream" tonight as their musical, Man of La Mancha, opens tonight at the ANTA Theatre. This pre-Broadway run starred people who would comprise the original Broadway cast including Richard Kiley in the title role. His co-stars included Irving Jacobson, Joan Diener, Ray Middleton and Robert Rounseville. This production will run for 2,328 performances.

1979 Tonight is the official opening of Adelaide Court/Cour Adelaide in Toronto, Canada. The old York County Courthouse has been renovated at a cost of $2.3 million and houses the Adelaide Theatre and the Cort Theatre.

1999 The Public Theater continues to foster up-and- coming playwright Suzan-Lori Parks as her second production there, In the Blood, opens tonight. A modern-day "Scarlet Letter," In the Blood follows an unmarried mother struggling to raise her children. It ran 32 performances.

2004 Woody Allen returns to the stage today to direct his new play, A Second Hand Memory, about a family of misfits. Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company hosts the premiere, which stars Kate Blumberg, Beth Fowler, Dominic Chianese and Michael McKean.

2004 Also today, Ronald Bryden, 77, a literary adviser to the Shaw Festival in Canada, and one of the leading theatre critics in the English-speaking world, dies of complications following recent heart surgery.

2009 The second annual Broadway engagement of Irving Berlin's White Christmas opens at the Marquis Theatre, starring James Clow, Mara Davi, Melissa Errico and Tony Yazbeck.

More of Today's Birthdays: A. E. Matthews 1869. Hoagy Carmichael 1899. Benjamin Britten 1913. Geraldine Page 1924. Peter Hall 1930. Tom Conti 1941. Richard Kind 1956. Scarlett Johansson 1984.