Events in Music in 1997

  • Jan 5 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • Jan 5 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Jan 6 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 10 "Rehersal" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Jan 26 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 27 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • Feb 2 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
  • Feb 13 "Three Sisters" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Feb 20 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Feb 26 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
  • Feb 27 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • Feb 27 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
  • Mar 1 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 8 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Beatle Paul McCartney knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 20 "Play On!" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 21 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • Mar 22 "Sunset Boulevard" closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
  • Mar 23 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 25 "Barrymore" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
  • Mar 26 "Annie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 27 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
  • Apr 2 "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • Apr 3 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance
  • Apr 6 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Apr 13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 20 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Apr 20 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Apr 23 "Titanic," opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Apr 23 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win
  • Apr 24 "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Apr 26 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27 "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Apr 28 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 29 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 6 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 18 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 31 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 perf
  • Jun 8 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 15 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 16 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
  • Jun 19 "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Jun 21 "Defending the Caveman," closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • Jun 25 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
  • Jun 28 "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Jun 28 "Steel Peer" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jun 29 "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • Jun 29 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jul 6 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances
  • Jul 25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
  • Jul 27 "Candide" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Jul 27 "Victor/Victoria" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 738 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 3 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Aug 14 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Aug 31 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Sep 1 "Doll's House" closes at Belasco Theater
  • Sep 4 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win

Music releaseMusic Release

Sep 13 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the UK

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Sep 22 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US
  • Sep 24 31st Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win
  • Oct 16 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • Oct 19 "Annie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Oct 23 "Triumph of Love" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Oct 30 "The Cherry Orchard" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC
  • Nov 2 "Barrymore" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 240 performances
  • Nov 6 "Proposals" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Nov 9 "Cherry Orchard" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 9 "Scarlet Pimpernel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • Nov 10 "Jackie - An American Life" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  • Nov 16 "1776" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 18 Metallica release the album "ReLoad"
  • Nov 19 "Eugene Onegin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 "Old Neighborhood" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Nov 20 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances
  • Nov 24 "Street Corner Symphony" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 79 performances
  • Nov 30 "Eugene Onegin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 3 "1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Dec 4 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
  • Dec 8 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win
  • Dec 11 "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Dec 14 "View From the Bridge" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC