Musicals in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

Events 101 - 200 of 2,099

  • 1930-11-17 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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 and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930-12-03 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930-12-08 Cole Porter's musical "The New Yorkers" opens at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1931-02-10 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "America's Sweetheart" premieres on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, NYC
  • 1931-10-13 Musical "Everybody's Welcome" with T/J Dorsey premieres in NYC
  • 1931-11-02 Warren, Dixon and Young's musical "Laugh Parade" premieres in NYC

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1931-12-26 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1932-02-17 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1932-11-29 Cole Porter's musical "Gay Divorcee" opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, later transferred to the Schubert Theater; runs for 248 performances
  • 1934-02-20 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre in New York City
  • 1934-08-27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • 1934-11-21 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC, later transferred to 46th Street Theatre; runs for 420 performances
  • 1934-12-27 "Thumbs Up" a musical revue, including music and lyrics by Vernon Duke & James Hanley premieres in NYC
  • 1935-10-10 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway NY
  • 1935-10-12 Cole Porter's musical "Jubilee" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 167 performances

  • 1935-11-16 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Jumbo" premieres in NYC
  • 1935-11-16 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 420 performances
  • 1936-04-11 Rodgers & Hart's musical "On Your Toes" premieres in NYC
  • 1936-05-02 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
  • 1936-10-29 Cole Porters musical "Red Hot And Blue", starring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, and Bob Hope, opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 183 performances
  • 1937-11-27 Pro-labor musical revue "Pins & Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938-02-04 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1938-03-16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1938-10-25 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1939-08-17 "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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  • 1939-08-28 Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen's musical "George White's Scandals" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939-10-16 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner" premieres in NYC, running until 1941 for 739 performances

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1939-10-18 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC
  • 1939-12-06 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry Was A Lady" opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances
  • 1940-02-08 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1940-04-04 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
  • 1940-05-28 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC
  • 1940-10-25 Duke, Latouche & Felter's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1940-10-30 Cole Porter's musical "Panama Hattie" opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 501 performances
  • 1940-12-25 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC

  • 1941-10-01 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC
  • 1941-10-29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs 547 performances
  • 1942-01-24 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC
  • 1942-07-24 Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC
  • 1943-02-28 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • 1943-10-07 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • 1943-10-19 Theater Guild presentation of "Othello" opens at Shubert
  • 1944-08-20 "Anna Lucasta" opens on Broadway
  • 1944-08-21 Grieg, Wright and Forrest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC
  • 1944-09-28 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • 1944-10-05 Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's musical "Bloomer Girl" premieres in NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

1944-11-22 Film musical "Meet Me In St Louis", starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1944-12-28 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1945-01-15 "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 performances
  • 1945-01-27 S Romberg, H&D Fields' musical premieres in NYC
  • 1945-04-19 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
  • 1945-10-27 "Carib Song" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1945-11-08 "Girl from Nantucket" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1945-11-10 "Are You with It?" opens at Century Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • 1945-11-17 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances

  • 1945-11-22 "Day before Spring" opens at National Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • 1945-12-21 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
  • 1946-01-05 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
  • 1946-01-09 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 1946-01-12 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • 1946-01-21 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1946-02-02 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1946-02-06 "Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances
  • 1946-02-13 "The Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1946-02-16 "The Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1946-03-07 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances
  • 1946-03-16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946-03-30 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical "St Louis Woman", starring Pearl Bailey featuring the Nicholas Brothers, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1946-04-14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1946-04-18 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances
  • 1946-05-16 Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields' musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's No Business Like Show Business" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-06-08 Raymond Scott and Bernard Hanighen's musical "Lute Song", starring Mary Martin, Yul Brenner, and Nancy Davis, and directed by John Houseman, closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 142 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 1946-06-29 "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • 1946-06-29 "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 219 performances
  • 1946-07-06 "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances

  • 1946-07-08 "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1946-07-13 "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1946-09-05 "Yours Is My Heart" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1946-09-17 "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 1946-09-17 "If the Shoe Fits" opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances
  • 1946-10-05 "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1946-11-04 "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1946-11-07 "Bal Negre" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 54 performances
  • 1946-11-23 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances
  • 1946-12-14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
  • 1946-12-19 Noël Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London
  • 1946-12-21 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • 1946-12-22 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • 1946-12-26 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • 1946-12-26 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1947-01-04 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1947-01-04 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances
  • 1947-01-09 "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • 1947-01-10 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 725 performances
  • 1947-01-18 "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances
  • 1947-01-21 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances
  • 1947-02-15 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1947-03-12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • 1947-03-13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances

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