On This Day

Events in Music in 1953

  • Feb 25 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
  • Mar 8 "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • Mar 28 "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • Mar 28 7th Tony Awards: "The Crucible" (Outstanding Play) & "Wonderful Town" (Outstanding Musical) win
  • Apr 18 "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances

Music Premiere

May 7 Cole Porter's musical "Can-Can" opens at the Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 892 performances

Music History

Jun 14 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Aug 2 Betty Jack Davis, American country singer (with Skeeter Davis in The Davis Sisters), killed in car crash at 21

Film Release

Aug 5 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

  • Sep 8 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
  • Sep 12 "Carnival in Flanders" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Sep 19 "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • Sep 24 "Take a Giant Step" opens on Broadway

Music History

Oct 2 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances

Music History

Oct 19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey

Music Release

Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th Symphony

  • Nov 6 Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb" premieres
  • Nov 13 Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th String Quartet premieres
  • Nov 25 "Guys & Dolls" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,200 performances
  • Nov 28 "Wish You Were Here" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • Dec 3 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; runs for 583 performances, wins Tony Award for Best Musical
  • Dec 3 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' 5th String Quartet
  • Dec 3 Webb Pierce records single "In the Jailhouse Now" (Billboard Song of the Year, 1955)
  • Dec 10 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances
  • Dec 17 Dmitri Shostakovich's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad