Events in Music on April 23

Music History

1775 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" (The Shepherd King) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is first produced in Salzburg

  • 1881 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" premieres at The Opera Comique, London
  • 1925 1st London performance of Franz Lehár’s operetta "Frasquita" staged
  • 1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1955 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
  • 1958 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • 1959 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • 1961 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical comedy "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 216 performances

Music History

1961 Singer Judy Garland appears in concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC; event is recorded for a double live album, wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year (the first such win by a female artist)

  • 1963 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances

Theater Premiere

1964 James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • 1965 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • 1968 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1983 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • 1992 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

Music Premiere

1993 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy" premieres in NYC

  • 1997 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

Music Single

2001 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

Album Release

2016 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO