1899 The Girl From Maxime’s, one of Georges Feydeau‘s most sparkling farces, has its U.S. premiere at the Criterion Theatre.
1934 George Abbott directs Harry Madden and Philip Dunning‘s comedy Kill That Story, opening at the Booth Theatre for a run of 117 performances. The play about a reporter who foils a plot by two villainous publishers to buy an honest newspaper for a political boss, stars Buford Armitage, James Bell, Matt Briggs, William Foran, William Lynn, and Claire Carleton.
1990 Sandy, the canine companion of the title character in the original Broadway production of Annie, dies at the age of 16. Once an abused puppy, he was bought from the Connecticut Humane Society for $8 on the day he was to be put to sleep. The pooch, who was named for the part he played in the production, only missed 14 performances of the 2,377, having booked a Las Vegas gig with the show’s original star Andrea McArdle.
Today’s Birthdays: John E. Ince (1878-1947). Preston Sturges (1898-1959). Barry Sullivan (1912-1994). Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982). Sono Osato (1919-2018). Dick O’Neill (1928-1998). Patricia Conolly (b. 1933). Elliott Gould (b. 1938). Frances Ruffelle (b. 1965). Carla Gugino (b. 1971). Lea Michele (b. 1986).