Musicals in History

Events in Music

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  • 1777-08-04 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes his riding school with performances in London, presurcor of the circus
  • 1786-11-07 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
  • 1789-03-02 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1855-10-09 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (musical instrument)
  • 1883-11-05 Musical "Cordelia's Aspirations" premieres in NYC
  • 1884-09-24 Dixey, Rice & Gill's musical "Adonis" premieres in NYC
  • 1886-10-15 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in St. Petersburg's Kononov Hall, Russia

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1892-02-22 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1894-05-12 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1896-04-25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London
  • 1897-08-03 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • 1897-09-18 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC
  • 1898-09-26 Victor Herbert/Harry Smith's musical premieres in NYC

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1901-01-31 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at Moscow Art Theater

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1901-02-25 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son" premieres in NYC
  • 1903-11-16 V Herbert & H Smith's musical "Babette" premieres in NYC
  • 1904-01-17 Anton Chekhov's play "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
  • 1904-02-25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • 1904-11-17 George Cohan's musical "Little Johnny Jones" premieres in NYC
  • 1905-01-14 Hubbell, Shubert & Smith's musical "Fontana" premieres in NYC
  • 1905-12-25 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-02-12 George Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-05-28 Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-09-24 V Herbert & H Blossom's musical "Red Mill" premieres in NYC
  • 1907-03-05 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1907-12-03 George Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1908-11-14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • 1911-03-13 Ivan Caryll's musical "Pink Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1911-12-07 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
  • 1912-12-12 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City
  • 1913-02-03 Golden and Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in New York City
  • 1914-01-03 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in NYC
  • 1914-02-02 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • 1914-08-24 Jerome Kern & Michael E Rourles musical premieres in NYC

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1914-12-08 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1915-01-15 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike" premieres in NYC

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1915-02-08 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1915-09-29 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-12-23 J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-12-25 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1916-02-17 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1916-08-31 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1916-11-16 I. Berlin, V. Herbert, H. Blossoms musical premieres in NYC
  • 1917-02-20 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in New York
  • 1917-12-25 Louis Hirsch and Otto Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in New York City
  • 1918-02-01 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York
  • 1918-02-14 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • 1918-03-07 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC
  • 1918-08-19 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC

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1918-10-04 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1919-02-03 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City

  • 1919-03-05 Louis Hirsch & Harold Atteridge's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1919-10-23 Romberg & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-10-26 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-11-05 Ir à Steringa Idzerda begins hosting "soirée-musical" on Dutch radio
  • 1919-11-06 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"
  • 1919-11-18 H Tierney & J McCarthy's musical "Irene" premieres in NYC
  • 1920-11-03 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater
  • 1920-12-21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • 1921-05-23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • 1921-11-07 Ed Wynn's musical "Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • 1921-11-29 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC
  • 1922-05-23 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
  • 1922-08-28 Albert von Tilzer & Neville Fleesons musical premieres in NYC
  • 1922-09-20 Goodman & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," premieres in NYC
  • 1922-11-13 George Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-02-21 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • 1923-10-29 Gibbs/Grey/Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City
  • 1923-12-31 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City
  • 1924-06-26 Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway
  • 1924-10-29 "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater
  • 1924-12-01 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC
  • 1925-01-07 Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC
  • 1925-02-08 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • 1925-12-28 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in New York City
  • 1926-02-08 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • 1926-03-17 Richard Rodgers & L Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC
  • 1926-08-06 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1926-11-08 George Gershwin's musical "Oh, Kay" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-09-06 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Good News" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-09-12 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC
  • 1927-09-26 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC
  • 1927-11-03 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-11-28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-01-10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York
  • 1928-03-13 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-03-22 Noel Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London
  • 1928-09-15 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-09-24 Cohan/Lardner's musical "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-10-08 Cole Porter & E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-11-08 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-12-04 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-01-09 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-04-04 "New Moon" musical opens in London
  • 1929-10-09 G Kaufman & R Lardner's musical "June Moon" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-12-30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in NYC
  • 1930-02-26 "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
  • 1930-10-14 George Gershwin/Walter Donaldsons musical premieres in NYC
  • 1930-11-17 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

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1930-11-18 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope

Birthdays in Music

  • 1752-04-05 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker (d. 1831)

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1756-01-27 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical prodigy and composer (Figaro), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1791)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1808-10-24 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, born in Großschönau, Saxony, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1836-09-10 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), (d. 1890)
  • 1861-12-18 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1875-03-29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)

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1878-07-03 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer George M. Cohan
Composer
George M. Cohan
  • 1896-08-27 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • 1897-03-11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)

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1898-07-04 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1921-06-01 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • 1925-07-23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1928-01-30 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-02-02 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1936-04-05 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-10-28 Carl Davis, American-born musical conductor and composer
  • 1941-07-01 John Gould, British composer/musical comic
  • 1943-06-23 James Levine, American conductor, (director of the Metropolitan Opera), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1948-03-05 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • 1955-11-01 Beth Leavel, American musical theatre actress
  • 1956-12-29 Dolf de Vries, Dutch musical/director/arranger (Josephine)
  • 1967-07-31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1969-07-06 Michael Grant, vocalist (Musical Youth)
  • 1972-12-14 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor
  • 1973-02-01 Yuri Landman, Experimental musical instrument builder, musician and comic book artist
  • 1979-07-15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1980-11-13 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1982-03-25 Sergey Yakovlev, russian musical artist and painter
  • 1986-05-31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • 1987-10-18 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,

Weddings in Music


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1964-06-27 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 1996-01-27 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware
  • 1996-09-04 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 2009-01-09 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

Divorces in Music


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1964-07-28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage

  • 2012-06-05 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1879-04-09 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1917-02-05 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • 1924-02-15 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62

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1942-11-05 George M Cohan, father of musical comedy, dies of cancer at 64

Composer George M. Cohan
Composer
George M. Cohan

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1952-09-06 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, dies of liver and abdominal cancer at 54

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1993-11-03 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor, dies at 97
  • 1994-07-23 Hans J Salter, Aust/US composer (Deanna-Durbin musicals), dies at 98
  • 1994-09-13 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • 1997-12-24 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • 2000-01-16 John Morris Rankin, musical entertainer (b. 1959)
  • 2004-02-03 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2005-11-06 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2010-11-03 Jerry Bock, American musical theatre composer (b. 1928)
  • 2012-01-24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2014-03-16 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • 2016-07-30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91