PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MAY 1
By David Gewirtzman
1922 Comedy team Potash and Perlmutter are Partners Again. The show plays 31 weeks at the Selwyn Theatre.
1922 George Ault Mosel, Jr. is born today in Steubenville, Ohio. Under the name Tad Mosel, his adaptation of James Agee's novel "A Death in the Family," titled All the Way Home, will win the Pulitzer Prize for Best Play of 1960.
1926 Scotland Yard is chasing The Ringer. Edgar Wallace's mystery will have a run of 410 performances at London's Wyndham's Theatre. Gerald Du Maurier directs.
1929 Albert Carroll, Dorothy Sands and James Cagney are members of this final collection of The Grand Street Follies. The show will survive just 93 performances at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
1983 Originally intended as a revival of the 1927 Gershwin musical Funny Face, Tommy Tune's My One and Only has transformed into its own new musical as it opens on Broadway. The show, with book by Timothy S. Mayer and Peter Stone and music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, respectively, will play 767 performances at the St. James Theatre.
1991 Eight years later, Tommy Tune is still on Broadway as he directs and, of course, choreographs The Will Rogers Follies which opens at the Palace Theatre tonight. The show will garner 11 Tony nominations and win six of them, including two for Tune and Best Musical.
2003 Bernadette Peters stars in a major Broadway revival of Gypsy, which runs 13 months and is nominated for a Tony Award as Best Revival.
2006 The old red-and-white canvas TKTS discount ticket booth, a Times Square landmark since 1974, closes today to make way for a new booth promised to be built on the site. Operations move temporarily to a kiosk at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
2006 Also today, Jay Presson Allen, the playwright, director and screenwriter whose credits included The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Tru and the film of Cabaret, dies of a stroke at her home in Manhattan.
2008 Laura Linney and Ben Daniels star in a Broadway revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.
2013 A revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1981 Broadway flop Merrily We Roll Along opens at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre, following a successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Maria Friedman, the production stars Mark Umbers as Franklin Shepard, Damian Humbley as Charley Kringas, and Jenna Russell as Mary Flynn. It will go on to win Best Musical Revival at the 2014 Olivier Awards.
More of Today's Birthdays: Junius Brutus Booth 1796. Glenn Ford 1916.
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