Musicals in History

Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 2,069

  • 1786-11-07 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
  • 1789-03-02 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1883-11-05 Musical "Cordelia's Aspirations" premieres in NYC
  • 1884-09-24 Dixey, Rice & Gill's musical "Adonis" premieres in NYC
  • 1886-10-15 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in St. Petersburg's Kononov Hall, Russia

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1892-02-22 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1894-05-12 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1896-04-25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London
  • 1897-08-03 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • 1897-09-18 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC
  • 1898-09-26 Victor Herbert/Harry Smith's musical premieres in NYC

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1901-01-31 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at Moscow Art Theater

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1901-02-25 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son" premieres in NYC
  • 1903-11-16 V Herbert & H Smith's musical "Babette" premieres in NYC
  • 1904-01-17 Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
  • 1904-02-25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • 1904-11-17 George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones" premieres in NYC
  • 1905-01-14 Hubbell, Shubert & Smith's musical "Fontana" premieres in NYC
  • 1905-12-25 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-02-12 George Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-05-28 Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-09-24 V Herbert & H Blossom's musical "Red Mill" premieres in NYC
  • 1907-03-05 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1907-12-03 George Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1908-11-14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • 1911-03-13 Ivan Caryll's musical "Pink Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1911-12-07 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
  • 1912-12-12 R Friml/O Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in NYC
  • 1913-02-03 Golden/Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in NYC
  • 1914-01-03 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in NYC
  • 1914-02-02 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • 1914-08-24 Jerome Kern & Michael E Rourles musical premieres in NYC

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1914-12-08 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1915-01-15 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike" premieres in NYC

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1915-02-08 D. W. Griffith's silent film "The Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles - first 12-reel film in America

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1915-09-29 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-12-23 J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-12-25 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1916-02-17 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1916-08-31 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1916-11-16 I Berlin/V Herbert/H Blossoms musical premieres in NYC
  • 1917-02-20 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in NYC
  • 1917-12-25 Hirsch/Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in NYC
  • 1918-02-01 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1918-02-14 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • 1918-03-07 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC
  • 1918-08-19 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC

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1918-10-04 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1919-02-03 Herbert/Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-03-05 Louis Hirsch & Harold Atteridge's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1919-10-23 Romberg & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-10-26 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-11-05 Ir à Steringa Idzerda begins hosting "soirée-musical" on Dutch radio
  • 1919-11-06 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"
  • 1919-11-18 H Tierney & J McCarthy's musical "Irene" premieres in NYC
  • 1920-11-03 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater
  • 1920-12-21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • 1921-05-23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • 1921-11-07 Ed Wynn's musical "Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • 1921-11-29 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC
  • 1922-05-23 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
  • 1922-08-28 Albert von Tilzer & Neville Fleesons musical premieres in NYC
  • 1922-09-20 Goodman & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," premieres in NYC
  • 1922-11-13 George Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-02-21 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • 1923-10-29 Gibbs/Grey/Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City
  • 1923-12-31 H Tierney/J McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in NYC
  • 1924-06-26 Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway
  • 1924-10-29 "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater
  • 1924-12-01 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC
  • 1925-01-07 Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC
  • 1925-12-28 George/Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in NYC
  • 1926-02-08 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • 1926-03-17 Richard Rodgers & L Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC
  • 1926-08-06 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1926-11-08 George Gershwin's musical "Oh, Kay" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-09-06 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Good News" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-09-12 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC
  • 1927-09-26 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC
  • 1927-11-03 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-11-28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-01-10 G/I Gershwin/Romberg/Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie," premieres in NYC
  • 1928-03-13 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-03-22 Noel Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London
  • 1928-09-15 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy," premieres in NYC
  • 1928-09-24 Cohan/Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-10-08 Cole Porter & E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-11-08 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-12-04 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-01-09 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-04-04 "New Moon" musical opens in London
  • 1929-10-09 G Kaufman & R Lardner's musical "June Moon" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-12-30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in NYC
  • 1930-02-26 "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
  • 1930-10-14 George Gershwin/Walter Donaldsons musical premieres in NYC
  • 1930-11-17 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

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1930-11-18 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1930-12-03 Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London
  • 1930-12-08 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC
  • 1931-10-13 Musical "Everybody's Welcome" with T/J Dorsey premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1752-04-05 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker (d. 1831)

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1756-01-27 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austria, musical prodigy/composer (Figaro), (d. 1791)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1836-09-10 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), (d. 1890)
  • 1875-03-29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)

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1878-07-03 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer George M. Cohan
Composer
George M. Cohan
  • 1896-08-27 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • 1897-03-11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)

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1898-07-04 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1921-06-01 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • 1925-07-23 Gloria DeHaven, musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1928-01-30 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-02-02 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1936-04-05 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-10-28 Carl Davis, American-born musical conductor and composer
  • 1941-07-01 John Gould, British composer/musical comic
  • 1943-06-23 James Levine, musical conductor (Tosca)/dir (Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1948-03-05 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • 1955-11-01 Beth Leavel, American musical theatre actress
  • 1956-12-29 Dolf de Vries, Dutch musical/director/arranger (Josephine)
  • 1967-07-31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress (d. 2005)
  • 1969-07-06 Michael Grant, vocalist (Musical Youth)
  • 1972-12-14 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor
  • 1973-02-01 Yuri Landman, Experimental musical instrument builder, musician and comic book artist
  • 1979-07-15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1980-11-13 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1982-03-25 Sergey Yakovlev, russian musical artist and painter
  • 1986-05-31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • 1987-10-18 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,

Weddings in Music

  • 1964-06-27 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1996-01-27 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware
  • 1996-09-04 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 2009-01-09 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

Divorces in Music

  • 1964-07-28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage
  • 2012-06-05 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1917-02-05 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41

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1942-11-05 George M Cohan, father of musical comedy, dies of cancer at 64

Composer George M. Cohan
Composer
George M. Cohan

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1952-09-06 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, dies of liver and abdominal cancer at 54

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1993-11-03 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor, dies at 97
  • 1994-07-23 Hans J Salter, Aust/US composer (Deanna-Durbin musicals), dies at 98
  • 1994-09-13 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • 1997-12-24 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • 2000-01-16 John Morris Rankin, musical entertainer (b. 1959)
  • 2004-02-03 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2005-11-06 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress (b. 1967)
  • 2010-11-03 Jerry Bock, American musical theatre composer (b. 1928)
  • 2012-01-24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2014-03-16 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • 2016-07-30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91