Musicals in History (Part 4)

Events in Music

Events 301 - 400 of 2,151

  • 1949-12-08 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • 1949-12-17 Marc Blitzstein' s musical drama "Regina", based on Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes", closes at 46th St Theatre, NYC. after 56 performances and 2 Tony Awards

Theatrical Finale

1949-12-17 Tennessee Williams' stage drama "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, and Kim Hunter, and directed by Elia Kazan closes at Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, after 855 performances, winning a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize

  • 1950-01-06 "Happy As Larry" opens at Coronet Theater, NYC, runs for 3 performances
  • 1950-01-07 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1950-01-14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • 1950-01-17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1950-01-20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • 1950-01-21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 1950-02-02 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 134 performances
  • 1950-02-18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 1950-02-28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1950-03-15 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 269 performances
  • 1950-03-18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • 1950-03-23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1950-04-08 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances

Music Premiere

1950-04-24 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

  • 1950-04-27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • 1950-05-01 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • 1950-05-06 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 1950-05-18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1950-05-27 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 134 performances
  • 1950-06-27 "Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1950-06-28 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 performances

Theatrical Finale

1950-07-01 Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars", based on Alan Paton's novel "Cry the Beloved Country", closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 281 performances

  • 1950-09-09 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 performances
  • 1950-09-09 "Where's Chartev?" closes at St James Theater NYC after 792 performances
  • 1950-10-05 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • 1950-10-12 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances

Music Premiere

1950-11-02 Jan Meyerowitz and Langston Hughes' musical drama "The Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

  • 1950-11-04 Gian-Carlo Menotti's musical drama "The Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 269 performances
  • 1950-11-04 Jan Meyerowitz and Langston Hughes' musical drama "The Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC. after 4 performances
  • 1950-11-24 Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls", starring Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine, and Sam Levene, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 1200 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards
  • 1950-11-25 "Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 1950-12-13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances
  • 1950-12-14 Musical "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 1950-12-16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music Premiere

1950-12-21 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC; runs for 157 performances

  • 1951-01-06 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • 1951-01-27 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 320 performances
  • 1951-01-29 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1951-02-24 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 1951-02-25 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden, NYC, after 278 performances
  • 1951-03-10 "Where's Charley?" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1951-03-25 5th Tony Awards: "Guys & Dolls" (musical) and "The Rose Tattoo" (play) win

Theater Premiere

1951-03-29 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I", based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam", opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for1 246 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards; Star Yul Brynner would lead the cast of the 1956 film version, and play the role over 4,200 times

  • 1951-04-18 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 102 performances
  • 1951-04-19 "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • 1951-05-05 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • 1951-05-14 Sammy Fain and Yip Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1951-06-14 "Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1951-06-17 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1951-06-21 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 1951-07-14 "Courtin' Time" closes at National Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 1951-07-14 "Make a Wish" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • 1951-07-19 "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances
  • 1951-07-28 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate", an adaptation of Shakespeare's " The Taming of the Shrew", closes at Shubert Theatre, NYC. after 1077 performances, and 5 Tony Award wins

Film Release

1951-07-28 Walt Disney releases animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland", featuring Kathryn Beaumont, J. Pat O'Malley, Ed Wynn, and Sterling Holloway and songs by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard

  • 1951-09-15 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances
  • 1951-09-17 Musical revue "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 90 performances

Music Premiere

1951-10-08 Revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC ; runs for 56 performances

Music History

1951-11-01 Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana", starring Phil Silvers, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 356 performances, winning a Tony Award

  • 1951-11-12 "Paint Your Wagon" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances
  • 1951-11-24 "17" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • 1951-11-24 "Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1951-12-02 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1951-12-08 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • 1952-01-02 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • 1952-03-15 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • 1952-03-21 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 performances

Film Premiere

1952-03-27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • 1952-04-16 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 1952-04-27 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • 1952-05-03 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • 1952-05-08 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

Music Premiere

1952-05-08 Revival of George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's musical political satire "Of Thee I Sing", directed by Kaufman, opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances

  • 1952-05-10 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • 1952-05-16 "New Faces of 1952" opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 365 performances
  • 1952-06-07 "3 Wishes after Jamie" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances
  • 1952-07-19 "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances
  • 1952-10-04 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
  • 1952-10-14 "Buttrio Square" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1952-10-18 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1952-10-27 "My Darlin' Aida" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 89 performances
  • 1952-11-14 First regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express
  • 1952-12-15 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances

Music Premiere

1953-02-25 Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Wonderful Town", starring Rosalind Russell, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 559 performances, wins 5 Tony Awards

  • 1953-03-08 "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1953-03-28 "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • 1953-03-28 7th Tony Awards: "The Crucible" (Outstanding Play) & "Wonderful Town" (Outstanding Musical) win

Musical Finale

1953-04-18 Revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, after 540 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards

  • 1953-05-07 Cole Porter's musical "Can-Can" opens at the Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 892 performances
  • 1953-09-08 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
  • 1953-09-12 "Carnival in Flanders" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1953-09-19 "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • 1953-09-24 "Take a Giant Step" opens on Broadway

Music History

1953-10-02 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances

  • 1953-11-25 Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls", starring Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine, and Sam Levene, closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 1,200 performances and 5 Tony Awards
  • 1953-11-28 "Wish You Were Here" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1953-12-03 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; runs for 583 performances, wins Tony Award for Best Musical

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