The old Morosco TheatreSeptember 6:
- One of those "return engagements" of original productions opened today in 1943. It was Blithe Spirit at the Morosco Theatre (it would be right across from Shubert Alley if it hadn't been demolished for the Marriott Marquis). The production lasted 32 performances and starred Mildred Natwick and Clifton Webb.
- The Oldest Show to Open This Week: 155 years ago. On this date in 1855, a play called Adrienne Lecouveur opened. Little else is known about the production other than that it opened on this date and was written by Eugene Scribe and Ernest Legouve, and it starred someone named Rachel.
- One of the weeks two big openings happened on this date in 1979. A revival of Peter Pan starring Sandy Duncan and George Rose opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran 554 performances.
Sandy Duncan as Peter Pan
- The "newest" show to open this week was 1999's Epic Proportions which lasted all of 93 performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre. It is notable for its star, one Kristin Chenoweth, hot off her triumph in Steel Pier, and on the verge of a Tony and a little show called Wicked.
- The Oddest Title goes to The Man Who Reclaimed His Head a 28 performance play which opened at the Broadhurst Theatre. It did star two rather well known actors, Claude Rains and Lucille Lortel.
- The longest time between Broadway openings: 41 Years. Carnival in Flanders opened in 1953, and the revival of Philadelphia, Here I Come! opened in 1994. The former is notable for being a 6 performance run and still a Tony winner (Delores Gray won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical). The latter starred Milo O'Shea and Robert Sean Leonard. It played at the now demolished Criterion Center Right, former home of Roundabout Theatre Company.
- 2001: A national tragedy that continues to influence the country, New York City and Broadway.
On Golden Pond
- The other big opening of the week is listed as a "return engagement" on IBDB, On Golden Pond actually reopened at the Century Theatre in 1982-83, with the original cast, after changing theatres. The show starred Tom Aldredge and Frances Sternhagen, and ran another 252 performances here. The theatre was in the basement of the Paramount Hotel!