Tuesday, March 9, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 9 - 15

This Week in Broadway History:

March 9 - 16


  • March 9, 2008: The first musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it would stay for 1,184 performances.

  • March 10, 2019: Swallow that Squip! Be More Chill begins its 177 performance run at the Lyceum Theatre.
  • March 11, 1959: The ground-breaking drama, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry opened its 530 performance run at the Barrymore Theatre.
  • March 12, 1987: Storm the barricades! And those brave students held their own for an incredible 6,680 performances! Les Miserables opened on this date at the Broadway Theatre.
  • March 12, 2017: The uplifting 9/11 musical Come From Away opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

  • March 13, 2014: Yo, Adrian! Andy Karl played the iconic boxer Rocky at the Winter Garden Theatre.
  • March 14, 1978: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds opened with a long title, but a short run of just 16 performances at the Biltmore Theatre.
  • March 15, 1987: Race time! International trains took over the Gershwin Theatre for the first of 761 performances of Starlight Express.


John Barrowman     Jasmine Guy

Liza Minnelli     Tony Yazbeck

  • March 9: actor/director Lonny Price
  • March 10: actor (Chicago) Jasmine Guy, Bright Star composer Edie Brickell
  • March 11: actor Terrence Howard, actor John Barrowman, actor Stephen Bogardus
  • March 12: actor Courtney B. Vance, Broadway icon Liza Minnelli, playwright Edward Albee
  • March 13: actor/dancer Tony Yazbeck, actor William H. Macy
  • March 14: actor Billy Crystal, actor (Nine) Anita Morris, arranger Luther Henderson, playwright Horton Foote
  • March 15: playwright Ken Ludwigactor Judd Hirsch


We are still a year and a half before Cats changes Broadway now and forever, but there is plenty to see. You might have caught a final preview or the opening/closing night (1 performance!) of Broadway Follies.

The tough tickets of the season so far were 42nd Street over at the Winter Garden or Amadeus  at the Broadhurst starring Tim Curry and Ian McKellen. They would go on to win the Tony for Best Musical and Best Play, respectively.

Other new plays include Fifth of July at the New Appolo, and Piaf, which features Jean Smart in her Broadway debut at the Plymouth. In final previews this week is Edward Albee's Lolita. The hit holdover from last season is the groundbreaking Children of a Lesser God at the Longacre.

New musical productions include the smash hit Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller at the Mark Hellinger, and The Pirates of Penzance starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Estelle Parsons, Rex Smith and George Rose at the Uris. The elegant Duke Ellington musical Sophisticated Ladies just opened at the Lunt-Fontanne. 

Established hits like A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (at the Royale) and Barnum (at the St. James) are still popular tickets, but it is still not to easy to secure a decent seat at the Broadway to see Evita.

Big musicals, provocative plays and star power made this week on Broadway a great time to be there!


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