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Today in 2005, “Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life” opened on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it played 72 performances. . . The musical revue celebrated the life of Chita Rivera—and was directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. There were also reproductions of original choreography by #JeromeRobbins and #BobFosse. . . The book was by Terrence McNally and new songs were by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Songs from various other composers were used as well. . . In addition to Rivera, the cast also featured Liana Ortiz (Young Chita/Young Lisa) and ensemble members Richard Amaro, Lloyd Culbreath, Malinda Farrington, Edgard Gallardo, Deidre Goodwin, Richard Montoya, Lainie Sakakura, Alex Sanchez, and Allyson Tucker. . . Chita Rivera received her ninth Tony Award nomination (for Best Actress in a Musical). . . Pictured: Chita Rivera and cast. 📸: Sara Krulwich. . . . #Chita Rivera #chita #thedancerslife #thedancerslifemusical #ChitaRiveraThedancerslife #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #broadwayroyalty #nyctheatre #Dance #theaterdance #terrencemcnally #lynnahrens #stephenflaherty #gracieladaniele #MusicalTheatre #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: “Dance of the Vampires" opened on Broadway in 2002 at the Minskoff Theatre, where it played only 56 regular performances. . . At a capitalization of 12 million dollars, The New York Times declared it "one of the costliest failures in Broadway history." . Based on Roman Polanski's film, #TheFearlessVampireKillers, this campy musical follows Professor Abronsius and his assistant Alfred as they attempt to prove the existence of vampires in Transylvania. . . Music and lyrics were by Jim Steinman, with a book by Steinman, Michael Kunze, and David Ives. John Rando directed, with choreography by John Carrafa. . . The original cast included Michael Crawford, Mandy Gonzalez, Rene Auberjonois, Max von Essen, Ron Orbach, and Leah Hocking. . . Pictured: Michael Crawford and Mandy Gonzalez in “Dance of the Vampires.” 📸: Paul Kolnik. . . . #danceofthevampires #danceofthevampiresmusical #dancingvampires #broadway #broadwaymusical #broadwayhistory #todayinbroadwayhistory #broadwayflop #michaelcrawford #mandygonzalez #maxvonessen #reneauberjonois #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1999, SWING! starring Laura Benanti, Ann Hampton Calloway, and Everett Bradley opened at the St. James Theatre, where it played 461 performances. . . Directed and choreographed by Lynn Taylor-Corbett, the song and dance revue featured the music of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, among others. . . SWING! Was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical. . . #swing #swingmusical #swingbroadway #swing! #1999 #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #dukeellington #bennygoodman #laurabenanti #annhamptoncalloway #everettbradley #swingdance #dance #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 2002, Brian Stokes Mitchell appeared as Don Quixote in a revival of "Man of La Mancha" at the Martin Beck Theatre, where it played 304 performances. . . Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman's musical adaptation of the classic Cervantes novel also starred Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ernie Sabella, and Mark Jacoby. . . The revival was nominated for three TONY Awards ; Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Actress. . . Pictured: Brian Stokes Mitchell. Camera: Joan Marcus. . . #manoflamancha #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #brianstokesmitchell #donquixote #cervantes #MARYELIZABETHMASTRANTONIO #erniesabella #markjacoby #mitchleigh #dalewasserman #joedarion #theimpossibledream #nyctheatre #nyctheater #martinbecktheatre #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: CAMELOT starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews opened in 1960 at the Majestic Theatre, where it played 873 performances. . . The Lerner and Loewe musical was based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, and also featured Robert Goulet, Roddy McDowall, and Robert Coote. It was directed by Moss Hart and choreographed by Hanya Holm. . . CAMELOT won four Tony Awards, including Best Actor (Burton). . . Pictured: #RichardBurton and #JulieAndrews at opening night party for CAMELOT. 📸 : Friedman-Abeles. . . . #camelot #camelotmusical #alanjaylerner #frederickloewe #ifeveriwouldleaveyou #whatdothesimplefolkdo #1960 #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #tonyaward #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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blbuckley. I love Rupert Holmes & “Edwin Drood”. What a great show! 😍

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I love Rupert Holmes & “Edwin Drood”. What a great show! 😍 Repost from @broadwayfocus using @RepostRegramApp - Today in Broadway history: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" opened in 1985 at the Imperial Theatre, where it played 608 performances. . . The unfinished Charles Dickens novel (of the same name) was adapted by Rupert Holmes and starred Betty Buckley, George Rose, Donna Murphy, Cleo Laine, and George N. Martin. It was directed by Wilford Leach and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. . . "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" won five TONY Awards including Best Musical. . . Pictured: Betty Buckely (R) and composer Rupert Holmes on the set of "Drood." Photo : Martha Swope . . #TheMysteryofEdwinDrood #drood #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #broadwaymusical #rupertholmes #bettybuckley #donnamurphy #cleolaine #georgerose #nyctheatre #nyctheater #imperialtheatre #tonyaward #bestmusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" opened in 1985 at the Imperial Theatre, where it played 608 performances. . . The unfinished Charles Dickens novel (of the same name) was adapted by Rupert Holmes and starred Betty Buckley, George Rose, Donna Murphy, Cleo Laine, and George N. Martin. It was directed by Wilford Leach and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. . . "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" won five TONY Awards including Best Musical. . . Pictured: Betty Buckely (R) and composer Rupert Holmes on the set of "Drood." Photo : Martha Swope . . #TheMysteryofEdwinDrood #drood #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #broadwaymusical #rupertholmes #bettybuckley #donnamurphy #cleolaine #georgerose #nyctheatre #nyctheater #imperialtheatre #tonyaward #bestmusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1979, "Bent" starring Richard Gere opened at the New Apollo Theatre, where it played 241performances. . . Martin Sherman’s play about homosexuals in the Nazi concentration camps also starred David Dukes and David Marshall Grant. It was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. . . The play was nominated for TONY Awards Best Featured Actor (Dukes) and Best Play. . . Pictured: Richard Gere. . . #bent #bentplay #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #broadwayplay #richardgere #daviddukes #davidmarshallgrant #martinsherman #nyctheatre #nyctheater #newapollotheatre #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today marks the birthday of actress, singer and Broadway star, Mary Martin.(1913-1990). . . Most notable for her work on Broadway, Martin originated the roles of Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific" (1949) and Maria von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" (1959). She was awarded the Tony Award for both performances. . . She also won a Tony Award for playing the title role in the 1954 Broadway production of "PeterPan," and subsequently won an Emmy Award for the same portrayal in the 1955 NBC television special. . . Video: Mary Martin as "Peter Pan." #marymartin #peterpan #peterpanmusical #imflying #justthinklovelywonderfulthoughts #thesoundofmusic #southpacific #idoido #anniegetyourgun #nbc #broadway #broadwayhistory #todayinbroadwayhistory #tonyawardwinner #kennedycenterhonor #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 2011, BONNIE & CLYDE starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes opened on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it played 36 regular performances. . . The Frank Wildhorn and Don Black tuner also featured #ClaybourneElder & #MelissavanderSchyff , with direction and choreography by Jeff Calhoun. . . BONNIE & CLYDE scored Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Actress (Osnes). . . Pictured: #LauraOsnes and #JeremyJordan . 📸 : Frank Atura. . . . #bonnieandclyde #bonnieandclydemusical #frankwildhorn #jeffcalhoun #thisworldwillrememberus #DyinAintSoBad #Broadway2011 #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1956, BELLS ARE RINGING starring Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. The show played 924 performances, and Holliday and Chaplin both won Tony Awards. . . The music was by Jule Styne, with lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Jerome Robbins directed, and both he and Bob Fosse choreographed. . . Pictured: Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin in rehearsal. 📸 : Friedman-Abeles. . . . #bellsareringing #bellsareringingmusical #judyholliday #sydneychaplin #1956 #julestyne #comdenandgreen #jeromerobbins #bobfosse #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1911, Tony Award-winning Broadway impresario David Merrick was born! . . Producer Merrick was infamous for his publicity stunts and was married six times. He collected multiple Tony Award nominations and won for such shows as Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, Travesties, Marat/Sade, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. . . “It's not enough that I should succeed - others should fail. It is not enough for me to win. My enemies must lose.” — David Merrick. . . Pictured: (L-R) Jerry Orbach, Tammy Grimes, David Merrick and Director Gower Champion during rehearsals for 42nd Street. . . . #davidmerrick #producer #impresario #broadwayproducer #publicitystunt #42ndstreet #42ndstreetmusical #hellodolly #1911 #tonyawardwinner #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1959, Carol Burnett made her Broadway debut in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at the Alvin Theatre. The musical played a total of 244 performances and scored Burnett a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress. . . Pictured: Carol Burnett as Princess Winnifred. 📸 : Friedman-Abeles. . . . #onceuponamattress #carolburnett #maryrodgers #theprincessandthepea #1959 #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway History: “Guys and Dolls” opened in 1950 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it played 1,200 performances. . . Based on stories by Damon Runyon, the show had music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It was directed by George S. Kaufman, with dances and musical staging by Michael Kidd. . . The musical starred Robert Alda (Sky), Sam Levene (Nathan), Isabel Bigley (Sarah) and Vivian Blaine (Adelaide). . . “Guys and Dolls” won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. . . Pictured : Vivian Blaine as Miss Adelaide. 📸: Roger Wood. . . #guysanddolls #broadway #broadwayhistory #todayinbroadwayhistory #1950 #damonrunyon #frankloesser #abeburrows #joswerling #michaelkidd #tonyaward #bestmusical #bestchoreography #nyctheater #vivianblaine #takebackyourmink #crapshooters #runyonland #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: The 1996 revival of CHICAGO plays its 7,486th performance in 2014, and surpasses CATS, becoming the second longest-running show in Broadway history. . . Pictured: Original performers #JamesNaughton #AnnReinking #BebeNeuwirth and #JoelGrey-who each made a special appearance in the landmark performance. 📸 : Joseph Marzullo. . . . #chicago #chicagomusical #chicagorevival #Broadway #broadwayhistory #TodayInBroadwayHistory #tonyawardwinner #bestrevival #fosse #kanderandebb #bobfosse #inthestyleofbobfosse #theaterdance #nyctheater #nyctheatre #longestrunningmusicalrevival #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 2008, the original production of Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, where it played 53 performances. . . Pictured: Meredith Patterson and Jeffry Denman. 📸 : Sara Krulwich . . . #whitechritmas #whitechristmasmusical #irvingberlin #stephenbogardus #jeffrydenman #kerryomalley #meredithpatterson #randyskinner #imdreamingofawhitechristmas #blueskies #iloveapiano #tapdance #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today marks the birthday of dancer and writer, Nicholas Dante. (1941-1991). . . Dante, who was born Conrado Morales, danced in the chorus of Broadway shows such as APPLAUSE, I'M SOLOMON and AMBASSADOR. He co-wrote A CHORUS LINE with James Kirkwood, Jr., which went on to earn the 1976 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. . . The character of Paul was primarily based on Dante's earlier career working as a drag queen in NYC at the Jewel Box Revue. . . Photo 1: Nicholas Dante. . . Photo 2: A vintage photograph of Nicholas Dante in drag as "Ronnie Morales" (Top row -Center) at the Jewel Box Revue. 📸 : JD Doyle archives. . . #nicholasdante #dancer #writer #achorusline #tonyaward #tonyawardwinner #pulitzerprizefordrama #conradomorales #ronniemorales #broadway #musical #broadwaymusical #broadwayhistory #nyctheater #dragqueen #jewelboxrevue #todayinbroadwayhistory #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting it Together” opened in 1999 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it played 101 performances. . . The Sondheim retrospective starred Carol Burnett and included 33 songs and an entr'acte. Some of the shows represented included #follies #anyonecanwhistle #sweeneytodd #merrilywerollalong #intothewoods and #alittlenightmusic . . . Also starring with Burnett were #JohnBarrowman #GeorgeHearn #BronsonPinchot and #Ruthie Henshall -- #kathieleegifford replaced Burnett at some performances. . . Pictured: Stephen Sondheim chatting with Carol Burnett on opening night. 📸 : Audrey Reuben. . . . #puttingittogether #puttingittogethermusical #Broadway #Broadwayhistory #TodayInBroadwayHistory #StephenSondheim #Sondeheim #CarolBurnett #ethelbarrymoretheatre #nyctheater #nyctheatre # #broadwayfocus #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway History: “Marilyn: An American Fable” opened in 1983 at the Minskoff Theatre, where it played only 17 performances. . . The musical was a fictionalized interpretation of the life of Marilyn Monroe. From the onset the production was plagued with problems—and during the rehearsal period, lead actress Gerolyn Petchel was replaced by Alyson Reed, who opened the show as Marilyn. . . During previews, 10 musical numbers and chunks of dialogue were eliminated—and original director/choreographer Kenny Ortega was replaced by Thommie Walsh and Baayork Lee. Ortega still retained his billing. . . Other principal cast members included Scott Bakula , Willie Falk, Will Gerard and Kristi Coombs. . . Pictured: Alyson Reed as Marilyn Monroe, and cast. 📸 : Martha Swope. . . #marilyn #marilynmusical #marilynanamericanfable #marilynmonroe #marilynmonroemusical #broadway #broadwayhistory #todayinbroadwayhistory #alysonreed #scottbakula #broadwayflops #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1990, Topol starred as Tevye in a Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. It played 241 performances at the Gershwin Theatre, and won the Tony Award for Best Revival. . . Pictured: Chaim Topol as Tevye. 📸: Bettmann Archive. . . #fiddlerontheroof #topol #chaimtopol #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #tevye #broadwayrevival #sunrisesunset #ifiwerearichman #tonyaward #bestrevival #jerrybock #sheldonharnick #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #gershwintheatre #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Can’t believe it’s been 20 years. I remember it so clearly. Love you hon! #Repost @broadwayfocus with @get_repost ・・・ Today in Broadway history: A revival of KISS ME, KATE starring Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell opened in 1999, and played 881 performances. It went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival, and Stokes won for Best Actor. . . Pictured: Marin Mazzie (Kate)and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Petruchio) . 📸: Joan Marcus. . . #kissmekate #marinmazzie #brianstokesmitchell #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #coleporter #broadwayrevival #wunderbar #tonyaward #bestrevival #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #martinbecktheatre #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: A revival of KISS ME, KATE starring Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell opened in 1999, and played 881 performances. It went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival, and Stokes won for Best Actor. . . Pictured: Marin Mazzie (Kate)and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Petruchio) . 📸: Joan Marcus. . . #kissmekate #marinmazzie #brianstokesmitchell #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #coleporter #broadwayrevival #wunderbar #tonyaward #bestrevival #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #martinbecktheatre #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1994, @glennclose opened as Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” —and went on to win the Tony Award for her performance. She’s pictured here with Alan Campbell (Joe Gillis). 📸: Craig Schwartz. . . . #sunsetboulevard #glennclose #bestactress #tonyawardwinner #alancampbell #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #andrewlloydwebber #normadesmond #imreadyformycloseup #BroadwayHistory #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in 1989 Tyne Daly (R) opened as Rose in the revival of “Gypsy” with Crista Moore (L) as Louise. 📸: Martha Swope. . . . #gypsy #gypsymusical #tynedaly #cristamoore #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #julestyne #stephensondheim #BroadwayHistory #broadwayrevival #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus

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Alice Ripley in her dressing room before a performance of “The Rocky Horror Show” revival which opened on this day in 2000. 📸: Joseph Marzullo. . . #aliceripley #janetweiss #therockyhorrorshow #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #broadwayrevival #MusicalTheatre #nyctheater #BroadwayMusical #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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Today in Broadway history: "Li'l Abner" opened in 1956 at the St. James Theatre where it played 693 performances. . . The musical was based on the comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp. It had a book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, music by Gene De Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Michael Kidd directed and choreographed. . . The original Broadway cast starred Peter Palmer in the title role and Edie Adams as Daisy Mae. Other cast members included Howard St. John, Stubby Kaye, Tina Louise, Julie Newmar, Charlotte Rae, Joe E. Marks, Carmen Alvarez, and Tony Mordente. . . "Li'l Abner" won Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress (Adams) and Best Choreography. . . Pictured: Michael Kidd rehearsing with the female ensemble. Photo: Friedman/Abeles. . . . #lilabner #lilabnermusical #Broadway #TodayInBroadwayHistory #BroadwayHistory #edieadams #peterpalmer #julienewmar #tinalouise #stubbykaye #alcapp #johnnymercer #genedepaul #michaelkidd #hillbilliesdance #dogpatch #tonyawardwinner #broadwaymusical #nyctheatre #nyctheater #stjamestheatre #broadwayfocus @broadwayfocus

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