Events in Music in 1950

  • Jan 6 "Happy As Larry" opens at Coronet Theater, NYC, runs 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 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs 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)

Music History

Feb 26 Jerome Robbin's ballet choreographed to Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres at the New York City Center Theater

  • Feb 28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs 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 Concert

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

  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances

Music 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 Premiere

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

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

Music Premiere

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

  • May 27 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 134 performances

Music History

May 29 The Carter family debut on the Grand Ole Opry with Chet Atkins

  • Jun 25 Johnny Pramesa (Reds) and Hank Thompson (Giants) hit inside the park HRs
  • 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

Theatrical Finale

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

  • 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

Music Premiere

Nov 2 Jan Meyerowitz and Langston Hughes' musical drama "The Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

  • Nov 4 Gian-Carlo Menotti's musical drama "The Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 269 performances
  • Nov 4 Jan Meyerowitz and Langston Hughes' musical drama "The Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC. after 4 performances
  • Nov 23 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • Nov 24 Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls", starring Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine, and Sam Levene, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 1200 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards
  • Nov 25 "Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances

Music Premiere

Dec 11 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for Clarinet premieres with Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy, and Benny Goodman as soloist, at the Academy of Music

  • Dec 13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs 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 Premiere

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

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

#1 in the Charts

Dec 30 "Tennessee Waltz" sung by Patti Page hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks)