On This Day in Music for April 18

Events in Music

  • 1946 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater, NYC; runs for 734 performances
  • 1951 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 102 performances
  • 1953 Revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, after 540 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards
  • 1955 Dan Shapiro, and music by Sammy Fain's musical "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 176 performances
  • 1964 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1972 Revival of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances
  • 1977 Musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box, NYC; runs for 390 performances
  • 1985 "Wham!" become the first western pop act to release an album in China
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Musicians Born on Apr 18

  • 1605 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian organist, choral director, composer (Jephta), and priest, baptized in Marino, Rome (d. 1674)
  • 1729 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1759 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1764 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)
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Musicians Who Died on Apr 18

  • 1824 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1830 José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Brazilian classical composer (Master of Music at the Royal Chapel), dies at 63
  • 1854 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, Polish composer, dies at 84
  • 1861 August Neithardt, German composer, dies at 67
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