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YEAR DATE EVENT
1988
  January 26 Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera opens at the Majestic, starring Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman
1987
  March 12 Les Miserables opens at the Broadway, Authors Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel, Claude-Michel Schonberg
1982
  October 7 Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber opens at the Winter Garden, Betty Buckley sings "Memory"
  July 2 Little Shop of Horrors opens at the Orpheum
1979
  September 25 Evita by Andrew LLoyd Webber and Tim Rice opens at the Broadway Theatre starring Bob Gunton, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin. Goes on to become one of the most remounted musicals of all time.
  March 1 Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens at the Uris. Authors Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, stars Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury
1978
  June 19 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opens at the 46th St. Theatre
1977
  April 21 Annie opens at the Alvin Theatre, authors Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
1975
  July 25 A Chorus Line opens at the Shubert, authors James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Marin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, conceived and directed by Michael Bennett
  June 3 Chicago opens at the 46th St. authors Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, John Kander. Based on a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
1973
  March 18 Seesaw opens at the Uris, authors Michael Bennett, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields. Based on Two for the Seesaw which starred Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft in 1958
  February 25 A Little Night Music opens at the Shubert, authors Ingmar Bergman, Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim
1972
  October 23 Pippin opens at the Imperial, authors Roger O. Hirson, Stephen Schwartz, directed by Bob Fosse
  February 4 Grease opens at the Eden and runs 3,388 performances
1964
  September 22 Fiddler on the Roof opens at the Imperial, authors Joseph Stein, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock
1960
  May 3 The Fantasticks opens at the Sullivan Street Playhouse (off-broadway). Initially close to loosing its 16,000 investment, it goes on to run for more than 30 years.
1959
  May 21 Gypsy opens at the Broadway Theatre, Authors Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, starring Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, Sandra Church
  May 11 Gypsy opens at the Broadway, authors Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne
1957
  December 19 The Music Man opens at the Majestic, by Meredith Willson
  September 26 West Side Story opens at the Winter Garden, authors Jerome Roggins, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein
1956
  March 15 My Fair Lady opens, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, Authors Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe, based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion
1951
  March 29 The King and I opens at the St. James, Authors Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, based on a novel by Margaret Langdon
1950
  November 24 Guys and Dolls opens at the 46th St. Authors Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling, Frank Loesser
1949
  April 7 South Pacific opens at the Majestic, Authors Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers
1948
  December 30 Kiss Me, Kate opens at the New Century, Authors Cole Porter, Bella and Samuel Spewack
  March 6 Stephen Schwartz born in NYC
1947
  March 13 Brigadoon opens at the Ziegfeld, Authors Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe
1945
  April 19 Carousel opens at the Majestic, Authors Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, based on the 1921 play by Ferenc Molnar
1943
  March 31 Oklahoma! opens at the St James, Authors Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
1941
  April 8 Michael Bennett born in Buffalo, NY
1940
  December 25 Pal Joey opens at the Barrymore, starring Gene Kelly, Authors Richard Rodgers, John O'Hara, Lorenz Hart
1939
  February 28 Tommy Tune born in Wichita Falls, TX
1938
  October 19 Knickerbocker Holiday opens at the Barrymore with Walter Huston singing 'September Song', Authors Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill
1935
  October 10 Porgy and Bess opens at the Alvin. Authors DuBose Heyward, George and Ira Gershwin
1934
  November 21 Anything Goes opens at the Alvin, starring Ethel Merman and with some of Cole Porter's most famous songs
1933
  July 10 Jerry Herman born in NYC
  January 23 Chita Rivera born in Washington, DC
1931
  December 26 Of Thee I Sing opens at the Music Box. Authors Morrie Ryskind, George S. Kaufman, Ira and George Gershwin
1930
  March 22 Stephen Sondheim born
  January 14 Strike Up The Band opens at the Times Square. Authors George S. Kaufman, George and Ira Gershwin
1929
  July 14 Cy Coleman born in New York
1928
  November 23 Jerry Bock born in Connecticut
  June 7 Charles Strouse born in New York
  January 20 Harold Prince born in New York.
1927
  December 27 Show Boat, an American masterpiece, opens at the Ziegfeld. Authors Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, based on the Edna Ferber novel
  June 23 Robert (Bob) Fosse born in Chicago
1926
  November 30 The Desert Song opens at the Casino. Authors Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein, Sigmund Romberg
  January 13 Gwyneth (Gwen) Verdon born in California
1925
  October 16 Angela Lansbury born in London. Her first musical role is in Anyone Can Whistle in 1964.
  September 16 No, No, Nanette opens at the Globe after a year run in Chicago. Songs included standards 'I want to be happy' and 'Tea for Two'
  May 17 The Garrick Gaieties opens as a small-scale review to become a major hit, thanks in part to the first pairing of Rodgers and Hart
1924
  December 2 Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince opens at the Jolson.
  December 1 Lady Be Good opens at the Liberty. Authored by the Gershwin siblings, it starred the Astaire siblings, Adele and Fred
  September 2 Rose-Marie opens at the Imperial, the biggest grosser for twenty years. Authors Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein, Rudolf Friml
  May 19 I'll Say She Is! opens at the Casino and introduces the Marx Brothers to the general public.
  April 30 Sheldon Harnick born in Chicago
1921
  January 31 Carol Channing born in Seattle
1920
  December 21 Sally opens at the New Amsterdam, produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, a Jerome Kern score, Victor Herbert ballet music
  October 18 Mary opens at the Knickerbocker, one of many George M. Cohan's many hit shows
1918
  October 11 Jerome Robbins born in New York
  August 31 Alan Jay Lerner born in New York
  August 25 Leonard Bernstein born in Massachusetts
1913
  December 1 Mary Martin born in Texas
1911
  November 27 David Merrick born in St. Louis
1910
  November 7 Naughty Marietta opens, including Victor Herbert's song 'Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life' as the finale.
  June 29 Frank Loesser born in New York
1908
  May 27 Harold Rome born in Connecticut
  January 16 Ethel Merman born in New York
1905
  December 31 Jule Styne born in London, raised in Chicago
  February 15 Harold Arlen born in New York
1904
  October 24 Moss Hart born in New York
  June 10 Frederick Loewe born in Berlin, a child prodigy on the piano
1902
  June 28 Richard Rodgers born in New York
1900
  March 2 Kurt Weill born in Germany
1899
  May 10 Fred Astaire born in Omaha. His sister, Adele, the headliner of their duo, was born the previous year.
1898
  September 26 George Gershwin born in Brooklyn
1896
  December 6 Ira Gershwin born in NYC
1895
  August 13 Bert Lahr born in NYC
  July 12 Oscar Hammerstein II born in New York. Arguably the 'father' of the American Musical as we know it.
  May 2 Lorenz Hart born in NYC
1891
  October 29 Fanny Brice born in NYC
  June 9 Cole Porter born in Indiana
1889
  November 16 George S. Kaufman born in Pittsburgh
1888
  May 11 Irving Berlin born in Russia
1887
  July 29 Sigmund Romberg born in what is now Hungary
1879
  December 7 Rudolph Friml born in Prague
1878
  July 4 George M. Cohan born in Rhode Island
1867
  March 1 Florenz Ziegfeld born in Chicago

 

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