On This Day

Events in Music on April 18

  • 1930 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • 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

Musical Finale

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 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 3 performances
  • 1964 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

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
  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1994 Disney's stage adaptation of its animated musical "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater, NYC
  • 1996 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

Hall of Fame

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Heart; Albert King; Randy Newman; Public Enemy; Rush; Donna Summer; Quincy Jones; and Lou Adler

Hall of Fame

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr

Music Concert

2020 "Together At Home" virtual benefit concert for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund curated by Lady Gaga; 6-hour pre-show streams on-line, followed by 2-hour global telecast; performers include: Andra Day, Common, The Killers, Charlie Puth, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, and Zucchero