1942 Josephine Bentham and Herschel Williams‘ comedy Janie begins a 642-performance run at Henry Miller’s Theatre (now the Stephen Sondheim). Antoinette Perry directs the play about three teenage girls who throw a secret party for soldiers at a neighboring army camp.
2000 Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Cats closes on Broadway after nearly 18 years and 7,485 performances. The final performance is held at 6 PM for an invitation-only audience. It keeps its position as the longest-running show in Broadway history for six years before being overtaken by another Lloyd Webber show: The Phantom of the Opera. Cats returns to Broadway sixteen years later, in a revival starring Leona Lewis as Grizabella.
2001 Mandy Patinkin kicks off his Kidults concert tour at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway.
2012 Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan‘s musical Chaplin, depicting the life of screen legend Charlie Chaplin and chronicling the rise and fall of the infamous Little Tramp, opens on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre for a 135 performance run. Rob McClure stars in the title role opposite Erin Mackey as wife Oona O’Neil, Christiane Noll as mother Hannah Chaplin, and Jenn Colella as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
Today’s Birthdays: Adele Astaire (1896–1981). Brian Murray (1937–2018). Harry Groener (b. 1951). Amy Irving (b. 1953). Kate Burton (b. 1957). Alison Bechdel (b. 1960). Jeff Marx (b. 1970). Jenn Gambatese (b. 1975). Misty Copeland (b. 1982).