On This Day

Events in Music on December 19

Music History

1881 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels

Music Premiere

1946 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

  • 1957 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1375 performances, wins 5 Tony and a Grammy Award

Music Recording

1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records ("Ring-A-Ding-Ding")

  • 1969 Beatle's 7th Christmas fan-club single is released
  • 1971 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • 1973 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances

Music History

1975 British guitarist Ron Wood joins The Rolling Stones

  • 1984 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library [1]
  • 1985 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1991 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1993 Marsha Norman, Bob Merrill, and Jule Styne's fairy tale musical "Red Shoes", directed by Stanley Donen, closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 5 performances; loses nearly $8 million

Music Premiere

1996 Revival of Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer's musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress", starring Sarah Jessica Parker, opens at Broadhurst Theatre, NYC; runs for 188 performances