On This Day

Events in Music in October 1961

  • Oct 1 The Beach Boys record their debut single "Surfin", introducing a new musical style

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 1 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 12nd Symphony

  • Oct 3 "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Oct 7 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • Oct 10 "Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • Oct 12 "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 14 "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 18 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 23 "Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Oct 24 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden Theatre, NYC for 55 performances
  • Oct 28 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC starring Tom Bosley after 796 performances and a Pulitzer Prize