Musicals in History

Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 2,074

  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1904-11-07 Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones" written by George M. Cohan, featuring the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy" opens in New York

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Person of interestWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang 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)
  • 1862-03-13 Vasiliy Metallov, Russian composer and musical historian, born in Saratov, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1875-03-29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)

Person of interestGeorge 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)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
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)

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

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
  • 1902-06-26 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (d. 2010)
  • 1917-06-23 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, born in Exmouth, Devon, England (d. 1985)
  • 1921-06-01 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), born in Oradell, New Jersey (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)
  • 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
  • 1928-12-29 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1945-04-24 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1947-02-27 Louis Clark, British musical arranger and keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • 1948-03-05 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • 1951-06-13 Howard Leese, American guitarist, record producer, and musical director (Heart), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1953-02-14 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1953-05-24 Mark Rivera, American saxophonist, musical director and corporate entertainment provider (Billy Joel), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954-04-10 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, Tower of Power), born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 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
  • 1984-02-15 Doda [Dorota Rabczewska], Polish musical artist (Virgin), born in Ciechanów, Poland

Person of interestAshley Tisdale

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

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale
  • 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


HeartWedding of Interest

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


Broken heartDivorce 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

  • 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

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

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

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

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
  • 1985-07-30 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1993-11-03 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor, dies at 97
  • 1994-07-23 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man, Christmas Holiday, This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1994-09-13 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • 1997-12-24 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • 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
  • 2007-08-12 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 musical theatre composer (b. 1928)
  • 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
  • 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 and illustrator (The Fantasticks), dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88