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, precursor of the circus
  • 1786-11-07 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded in Boston, Massachusetts 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 (steam powered musical instrument)
  • 1883-11-05 Edward Harrigan's musical farce "Cordelia's Aspirations" premieres at Theatre Comique, 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 at Kononov Hall, in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1887-05-18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • 1894-05-12 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1896-04-25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical "The Geisha" premieres at Daly's Theatre, London; runs for 760 performances
  • 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 and Harry Smith's operetta "The Fortune Teller" premieres at Wallack's Theater, New York City

Music Premiere

1901-02-25 George M. Cohan's 1st Broadway musical "The Governor's Son"opens at the Savoy Theatre, NYC; runs for 32 performances

  • 1902-06-16 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois

Music Premiere

1903-02-18 "In Dahomey" the first African American musical to perform on Broadway opens at the New York Theater, starring George Walker and Bert Williams with music by Will Marion Cook

  • 1903-11-16 V Herbert & H Smith's musical "Babette" premieres in NYC
  • 1904-02-25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • 1904-11-07 George M. Cohan's 1st full-length musical "Little Johnny Jones", featuring the songs "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Give My Regards To Broadway", opens at the Liberty Theatre, NYC; runs for 52 performances be before going on tour
  • 1905-01-14 Raymond Hubbell, Sam Shubert & Robert Smith's musical "Fontana" opens at the Lyric Theatre, NYC; runs 298 for performances
  • 1905-12-25 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-02-12 George M. Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-05-28 Shields and Cobbs' musical "His Honor, The Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • 1906-09-24 Victor Herbert and Henry Blossom's operetta musical "The Red Mill" opens at the Knickerbocker Theater, NYC
  • 1907-03-05 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1907-12-03 George M. Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1908-11-14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • 1910-09-19 George M. Cohan's musical "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" premieres in NYC
  • 1911-03-13 Ivan Caryll's musical "The Pink Lady" premieres at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC; runs for 336 performances
  • 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, and Heath's musical "Sari," premieres in NYC
  • 1914-02-02 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1914-08-24 PAul Rubens and Sidney Green's musical (with additional songs by Jerome Kern and Herbert Reynolds) "The Girl from Utah" premieres at the Knickerbocker Theatre, NYC

Music Premiere

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

  • 1915-01-15 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-09-29 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-12-23 Jerome Kern and Schuyler Greene's musical farce "Very Good Eddie" premieres at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 341 performances
  • 1915-12-25 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical revue "Stop! Look! Listen!" premieres at the Globe Theater, NYC; runs for 105 performances
  • 1916-02-17 Sigmund Romberg, James Hanley, Harold R. Atteridge and Edgar Smith's musical Robinson Crusoe Jr. 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!" opens at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 463 performances
  • 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 "Oh Lady! Lady!!", premieres at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 219 performances
  • 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

Music Premiere

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

  • 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

Theater Premiere

1920-11-01 Eugene O'Neill's drama "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Playhouse, NYC; runs for 204 performances

  • 1920-12-21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • 1921-05-23 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical revue "Shuffle Along", the 1st hit Broadway show with an all-Black cast premieres at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre, NYC; runs for 504 performances [1]
  • 1921-11-07 Ed Wynn's musical revue "The Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • 1921-11-29 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC
  • 1922-05-23 Comedic play "Abie's Irish Rose" premieres at Fulton Theatre, NYC; runs for 2,327 performances (longest run at the time)
  • 1922-07-15 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical revue "Shuffle Along" the 1st hit Broadway show with an all-Black cast premieres at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre, NYC, after 504 performances [1]
  • 1922-08-28 Albert von Tilzer & Neville Fleesons musical "The Gingham Girl" premieres in NYC
  • 1922-09-20 Goodman & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," opens at Winter Garden Theatre, NYC
  • 1922-11-13 George M. Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC

Music History

1923-02-01 Noël Coward's stage comedy "The Young Idea" premieres at the Savoy Theatre, London; runs for 60 performances

  • 1923-02-21 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • 1923-10-29 Gibbs, Grey and Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing "The 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 of 1924", featuring Billie Burke and W.C. Fields, opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC
  • 1924-10-29 Musical revue "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater

Music Premiere

1924-12-01 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1926-03-17 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Girl Friend" 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

Music Premiere

1927-11-03 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee", based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 421 performances

Music Premiere

1927-11-22 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire, opens at the new Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs 244 performances

Music Premiere

1928-10-08 Cole Porter and E. Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" opens at the Music Box Theater, NYC; runs for 195 performances

  • 1928-11-08 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-12-04 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!", starring Eddie Cantor, premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC; runs for 407 performances
  • 1929-01-09 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-04-04 Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II's operetta "The New Moon" opens at the Drury Lane Theatre in London's West End
  • 1929-10-09 George Kaufman & Ring Lardner's musical "June Moon" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-12-30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances
  • 1930-02-18 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Simple Simon" premieres in NYC
  • 1930-02-26 Play "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater

Birthdays in Music

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1756-01-27 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical prodigy and composer (The Marriage of Figaro; Jupiter Symphony), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1791)

  • 1808-10-24 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, born in Großschönau, Saxony, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1834-01-14 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Irish governor and musical composer, born in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1836-09-10 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), born in Bernsheim, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1841-02-19 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, born in Tortosa, Spain (d. 1922)
  • 1848-12-21 Edward Everett Rice, American musical composer & theater producer, born in Brighton, Boston (d. 1924)
  • 1857-02-28 Gustave Kerker, German born American composer for Broadway musicals (The Belle of New York), born in Hertford, Germany (d. 1923)
  • 1859-06-22 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded NY Musical Institute of Musical Art, later Julliard), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1937)
  • 1861-05-12 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1861-12-18 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1862-03-13 Vasiliy Metallov, Russian composer and musical historian, born in Saratov, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1864-03-15 Leslie Stuart, [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1928)
  • 1869-09-20 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, born in South London, England (d. 1954)
  • 1875-03-29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)

George M. Cohan

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)

  • 1894-09-09 Arthur Freed, American lyricist and film producer (Singin' in the Rain, and other MGM musicals), born in Charlestown, South Carolina (d. 1973)
  • 1895-01-11 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and musical instrument inventor (Hammond organ), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1973)

Lorenz Hart

1895-05-02 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine") and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)

  • 1896-08-27 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1897-03-11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)

Gertrude Lawrence

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

  • 1902-05-31 Billy Mayerl, British pianist, music hall songwriter, and musical theatre composer, born in London (d. 1959)
  • 1902-06-26 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (d. 2010)
  • 1906-06-18 (James) "Kay" Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)

Peter Carl Goldmark

1906-12-02 Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (developed the 33-1/3 rpm LP phonograph record format), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)

  • 1916-07-27 (Elbert) "Skippy" Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1917-06-23 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, born in Exmouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)
  • 1922-01-07 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923-05-04 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese musical theater composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), born in Antelias, Lebanon (d. 1986)
  • 1924-04-30 Sheldon Harnick, American musical theater lyricist (Fiorello; Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-07-23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1927-03-18 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 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 educator
  • 1928-04-08 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1928-12-06 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1928-12-29 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor (Old Jack’s Boat; Doctor Who – “Wilfred Mott”; The Railway Children), voice-over artist (The Wombles; Jackanory), and novelty song singer (Right Said Fred), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2022)
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-09-12 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1932-02-16 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1933-07-10 Jerry Herman, American musical theater composer (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1935-03-17 (Patrick Henry} "Adam" Wade, American pop singer (The Writing On The Wall), actor (Kiss Me Goodbye), and 1st US Black game show host (Musical Chairs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • 1936-04-05 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1941-07-01 John Gould, British composer and musical comic
  • 1942-03-02 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian musical lyricist, born in Saint-Raymond, Quebec
  • 1942-09-11 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1945-04-12 Doug Riley, Canadian jazz keyboard player (Dr. Music), and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1946-12-08 John Rubinstein, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Pippin; Family: Grumpy Old Men (The Musical)), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-02-13 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1947-02-27 Louis Clark, British musical arranger and keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • 1948-03-05 Elaine Paige, British musical theater singer and actress (Evita; Sunset Boulevard), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1948-03-05 Richard Hickox, British organist, musical director, and conductor (City of London Sinfonia,,1971-2008; London Symphony Chorus from 1976-91), born in Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2008)
  • 1951-02-09 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • 1951-05-06 Davey Johnstone, Scottish guitarist, and musical director (Elton John's band, 1971–1977, 1982–present), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1951-06-13 Howard Leese, American guitarist, record producer, and musical director (Heart), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1951-10-02 Bill Elliott, American Tony Award-winning musical theater orchestrator, film composer, pianist and bandleader, born in Wayland, Massachusetts
  • 1954-04-10 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, 1985-; Tower of Power, 1973-81), born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 1959-03-07 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961-02-03 Linda Eder, American pop and musical theater singer, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1961-11-04 Edward Knight, American contemporary classical, jazz, and musical theater composer (Total Eclipse; Big Shoulders), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1964-06-10 Gary Wallis, British session and touring drummer, percussionist, and musical director (Pink Floyd; 10cc; Il Divo; Mike + The Mechanics; Tom Jones; Jean-Michel Jarre; and Schiller), born in Westminster, London, England
  • 1967-07-31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1969-07-06 Michael Grant, British reggae-rock keyboardist and singer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1970-06-08 "Seu" Jorge [da Silva], Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, singer, and actor (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), born in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1972-12-14 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1979-07-15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1980-11-13 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1981-03-26 Anaïs Mitchell, American singer-songwriter and playwright (Hadestown - 2019 Tony for Best Musical), born in Vermont
  • 1982-03-25 Sergey Yakovlev, Russian musical artist and painter
  • 1982-04-30 Drew Seeley, Canadian actor, dancer, songwriter and singer (High School Musical), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1984-02-15 Doda [Dorota Rabczewska], Polish pop and rock singer-songwriter (Virgin; Diamond B*tch), born in Ciechanów, Poland

Ashley Tisdale

1985-07-02 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer (High School Musical), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey

  • 1986-03-17 Olesya Rulin, Russian-American actress (High School Musical), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1986-05-31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian pop-electronic singer, born in Batumi, Adjara, Georgian SSR
  • 1987-05-06 Adrienne Warren, American Tony Award-winning actress and singer (Tina), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1987-10-18 Zac Efron, American actor (17 Again), and singer (High School Musical; The Greatest Showman), born in San Luis Obispo, California,
  • 1989-02-21 Corbin Bleu [Reivers], American actor & singer (High School Musical - "Chad"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1990-08-17 Colin Bates, American-British actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical), born in Pasedena, California
  • 1992-09-22 Lauren Patten, American actress and singer (Jagged Little Pill musical), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 2000-12-22 Joshua Bassett, American actor and singer (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series), born in Oceanside, California

Weddings in Music

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 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

Divorce of Interest

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

  • 1807-09-12 Edward Miller, English organist, flautist, composer (Rockingham; Galway), and musical theorist (Treatise of Thorough Bass and Composition), dies at 71
  • 1879-04-09 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1879-09-08 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, Russian musical teacher to Tchaikovsky and composer, dies at 58
  • 1898-11-04 (Charles) Jerome Hopkins, American composer, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 62
  • 1917-02-05 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • 1921-11-29 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), dies at 60
  • 1924-02-15 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • 1928-03-27 Leslie Stuart [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), dies at 64

George M. Cohan

1942-11-05 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President; Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

Lorenz Hart

1943-11-22 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist, usually to music of Richard Rodgers ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine"), dies of pneumonia from exposure after drinking heavily in NYC at 48

Gertrude Lawrence

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

  • 1954-11-29 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85
  • 1956-09-06 Felix Borowski, British-American composer, educator (Chicago Musical College, 1896-1925), and musicologist (Chicago Symphony, 1908-56), dies at 84
  • 1959-03-25 Billy Mayerl, British pianist, music hall songwriter, and musical theatre composer, dies at 55
  • 1973-07-01 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and musical instrument inventor (Hammond organ), dies at 78

Peter Carl Goldmark

1977-12-07 Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (developed the 33-1/3 rpm LP phonograph record format), dies in a car accident at 77

  • 1980-07-31 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49
  • 1985-07-30 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1988-02-14 Frederick Loewe, Austrian-American musical theater composer (with Alan Jay Lerner: My Fair Lady; Camelot; Brigadoon), dies at 86
  • 1991-07-10 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1993-08-10 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian black-metal guitarist (Mayhem), stabbed to death by a musical rival at 25
  • 1993-10-26 Harold Rome, American musical theater composer (Fanny; Pins and Needles), dies at 85
  • 1993-11-03 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instrument inventor, dies at 97
  • 1994-02-28 (Elbert) "Skippy" Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1994-09-13 Pieter Zaanen, Dutch architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies at 63
  • 1997-11-15 Saul Chaplin [Kaplan], American Oscar Award-winning stage, and screen composer, arranger, and orchestrator (An American in Paris; "The Anniversary Song"), dies at 85
  • 1997-12-24 Alan Fluck, Scottish musical educator, dies at 69
  • 2003-09-06 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, dies at 71
  • 2004-02-03 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2004-09-11 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady) dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2005-11-06 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2007-08-27 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2010-11-03 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2010-12-06 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, dies at 108
  • 2012-01-24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2012-06-21 Richard Adler, American musical theater composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees)), dies at 90
  • 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
  • 2017-11-07 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), dies at 95
  • 2018-02-28 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer (The Fantasticks), and illustrator, dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • 2019-12-26 Jerry Herman, American musical theater composer (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), dies at 88