Musicals in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

Events 101 - 200 of 2,152

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1930-10-14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, opens at the Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 272 performances

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1931-02-10 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "America's Sweetheart" premieres on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, NYC
  • 1931-06-06 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, closes at the Alvin Theater, NYC, after 272 performances, and making stars of Rogers and Merman
  • 1931-10-13 Musical "Everybody's Welcome" with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey premieres in NYC
  • 1931-11-02 Warren, Dixon and Young's musical "Laugh Parade" premieres in NYC

Theater Premiere

1931-12-26 George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's musical political satire "Of Thee I Sing" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 441 performances, and becomes first musical to win Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Music Premiere

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

  • 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

Musical Finale

1933-01-14 George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's musical political satire "Of Thee I Sing" closes at the Music Box Theatre, NYC, after for 441 performances; first musical to win Pulitzer Prize for Drama

  • 1933-03-09 "42nd Street" a musical film revolving around rehearsals for a Broadway show, directed by Lloyd Bacon, with choreography by Busby Berkeley, and songs by Harry Warren and by Al Dubin, premieres at the Strand, NYC; later adapted as a stage musical
  • 1934-02-20 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre, NYC
  • 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 Musical revue "Thumbs Up", including music and lyrics by Vernon Duke, James Hanley, and Ira Gershwin (among others), premieres at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 156 performance
  • 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

Music History

1935-10-24 Langston Hughes' stage drama "Mulatto: A Tragedy of the Deep South", opens at Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 373 performances

  • 1935-11-16 Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 420 performances
  • 1935-11-16 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Jumbo" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1936-04-11 George Abbott, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's musical "On Your Toes", choreographed by George Balanchine, and starring Ray Bolger and Tamara Geva, opens at the Imperial Theatre (later transfers to Majestic), NYC; runs for 515 performances

  • 1936-05-02 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

Music Premiere

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

Music History

1936-11-24 Noël Coward's anthology "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC, runs for 118 performances

Musical Finale

1937-01-23 George Abbott, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's musical "On Your Toes", choreographed by George Balanchine, and starring Ray Bolger and Tamara Geva, closes at the Majestic Theatre, NYC; after 515 performances

  • 1937-11-27 Pro-labor musical revue "Pins & Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU

Music History

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

  • 1938-03-16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London
  • 1938-09-20 Emlyn Williams' semi-autobiographical comedic play "Corn is Green," premieres in London; runs for 600 performances
  • 1938-10-25 American Archbishop of Dubuque (Iowa), 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".

The Wizard of Oz

1939-08-17 Musical film "The Wizard of Oz", starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, and Margaret Hamilton opens at Loews Capitol Theatre, NYC

Music History

1939-10-16 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 739 performances

Music Premiere

1939-11-17 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "Very Warm for May", featuring June Allyson, Eve Arden, and Vera-Ellen, and directed by Vincente Minnelli opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 59 performances, inspiring 9-year old audience member Stephen Sondheim's love for musical theater

  • 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", satirizing Huey Long's political power, opens at The Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 444 performances
  • 1940-10-25 Vernon Duke and John Latouche's musical "Cabin In The Sky" opens at the Martin Beck Theatre, NYC; runs for 156 performances
  • 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
  • 1942-01-28 Revival of George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on The Majestic Theatre, NYC, with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • 1942-07-24 Irving Berlin's musical "This Is The Army" premieres in NYC
  • 1943-03-31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 2,212 performances

Film Premiere

1943-07-21 Musical film "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller (singing "Ain't Misbehavin'") premieres in the US

  • 1943-10-07 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • 1943-10-19 Theater Guild presentation of Shakespeare's "Othello", starring Paul Robeson, opens at the Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 296 performances

Film Release

1943-11-26 MGM releases last of 9 Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movies - "Girl Crazy", a film adaptation of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's stage musical

  • 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
  • 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

Music Premiere

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's musical "Carousel" opens at the Majestic Theatre, NYC; runs for 890 performances
  • 1945-09-27 Baldwin Bergerson's musical "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • 1945-10-27 "Carib Song" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1945-11-08 Muscial "The Girl from Nantucket" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances
  • 1945-11-10 Harry Revel and Arnold B. Horwitt's musical comedy "Are You with It?" opens at Century Theater, NYC, later moving to the Shubert Theatre; runs 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 Frank Black's musical "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 Premiere

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

  • 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; runs 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

Musical Finale

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

  • 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 Musical revue "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC. after 8 performances
  • 1946-09-05 "Yours Is My Heart", an adaptation of Franz Lehar's operetta "The Land of Smiles", opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • 1946-09-17 Arthur Kay's musical revue of highlights from Victor Herbert operettas "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater, NYC; runs for 79 performances
  • 1946-09-17 David Raksin and June Carroll's musical "If the Shoe Fits", featuring Gail Adams and Joe Besser, opens at Century Theater ,NYC; runs for 20 performances
  • 1946-10-05 "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1946-11-04 Arthur Schwartz, Ira Gershwin, and George S. Kaufman's musical "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • 1946-11-07 Katherine Dunham's song and dance revue "Bal Nègre" opens at Belasco Theater, NYC; runs for 54 performances
  • 1946-11-23 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances

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