On This Day

Events in Music in 1950

  • Jan 6 "Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 7 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • Jan 17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Jan 20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Jan 21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Feb 2 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • Feb 11 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • Feb 18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • Feb 22 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)
  • Feb 28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 24 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

  • Apr 27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 9 Norman Dello Joio's opera, "The Triumph of St. Joan", premieres in Bronxville, New York

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 12 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • May 27 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • Jun 27 "Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 28 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 "Lost in the Stars" by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill, based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Sep 9 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 performances
  • Sep 9 "Where's Chartev?" closes at St James Theater NYC after 792 performances
  • Oct 5 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • Oct 12 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances
  • Oct 27 Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony, "Triumph of St Joan" premieres
  • Oct 30 David Diamond's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • Nov 2 "Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 4 "Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Nov 4 "Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 269 performances
  • Nov 23 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • Nov 24 "Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances
  • Nov 25 "Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for clarinet, premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith
  • Dec 13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 14 Musical "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Dec 16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 21 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC; runs for 157 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • Dec 30 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 30 "Tennessee Waltz" sung by Patti Page hits No.1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks)

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page