Musicals in History (Part 5)

Events in Music

Events 401 - 500 of 2,134

  • 1954-04-20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • 1954-05-13 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • 1954-06-12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • 1954-06-24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances
  • 1954-07-03 Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Wonderful Town", starring Rosalind Russell, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 559 performances, and 5 Tony Award wins
  • 1954-08-07 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances

Music Premiere

1954-09-30 Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend", cast includes Julie Andrews, making her Broadway debut, opens at the Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 485 performances

  • 1954-10-11 "On Your Toes" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 64 performances

Music Premiere

1954-10-20 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

  • 1954-11-04 "Fanny" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • 1954-11-27 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 270 performances
  • 1954-12-02 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1954-12-04 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1954-12-04 Musical "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • 1954-12-27 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in ,NYC; runs for 92 performances

Music Premiere

1954-12-30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 165 performances

  • 1955-01-27 "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances

Music Premiere

1955-02-24 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances

  • 1955-02-26 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 152 performances
  • 1955-03-07 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series; attracts a then record 65 million viewers

Music History

1955-03-24 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

  • 1955-04-06 "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances
  • 1955-04-18 Dan Shapiro, and music by Sammy Fain's musical "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 176 performances
  • 1955-04-20 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1955-04-23 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
  • 1955-05-05 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances
  • 1955-05-21 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote' musical "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 165 performances
  • 1955-05-26 "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 1955-06-18 "3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • 1955-06-20 "Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1955-06-25 "Can Can" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances
  • 1955-07-02 "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1955-07-02 "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1955-07-16 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
  • 1955-09-06 "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater, NYC; runs for 23 performances
  • 1955-09-17 Sammy Fain and Dan Shapiro's musical comedy "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC. after 176 performances
  • 1955-09-24 "Catch a Star" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 23 performances
  • 1955-10-20 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith
  • 1955-11-10 James Mundy and John La Touche's musical comedy "Vamp" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 60 performances
  • 1955-11-26 "Boy Friend" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 483 performances
  • 1955-11-30 "Pipe Dream" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 245 performances
  • 1955-12-31 "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1956-01-09 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live, for a 2nd time, on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series

Theatrical Finale

1956-01-21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances

  • 1956-03-15 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances

Music Premiere

1956-03-22 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and father Sammy Davis, Sr. opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances

  • 1956-04-14 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • 1956-04-14 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", closes at the Imperial Theatre, NYC, after 478 performances

Music Premiere

1956-04-25 Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London

  • 1956-05-03 Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 678 performances
  • 1956-06-13 "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1956-06-14 "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • 1956-06-30 HArry WArren and JAmes Hilton's musical "Shangri-La", based on Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon, and featuring Jack Cassidy and Alice Ghostley, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 21 performances

Musical Finale

1956-06-30 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Pipe Dream", based on John Steinbeck's novel "Sweet Thursday", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 245 performances, and a Tony Award for costume design

Film Release

1956-07-17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

Music Premiere

1956-11-10 Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer's musical "Li'l Abner", based on the hillbilly comic strip, opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 693 performances

  • 1956-11-15 "Li'l Abner" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 693 performances
  • 1956-11-16 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan
  • 1956-11-24 Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical "The Pajama Game" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 1063 performances, and a Tony Award for Best Musical

Music History

1956-11-29 Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Bells Are Ringing", starring Judy Holiday, opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 924 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

Music Premiere

1956-12-01 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 73 performances

  • 1956-12-06 "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • 1956-12-16 "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • 1956-12-22 "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • 1957-02-02 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • 1957-02-23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
  • 1957-03-01 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • 1957-03-31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's live television musical "Cinderella", starring Julie Andrews, with Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1957-04-13 Musical "Shinbone Alley", starring Eartha Kitt, opens at Broadway Theater NYC; runs for 49 performances
  • 1957-05-14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 432 performances
  • 1957-05-25 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1957-06-15 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances
  • 1957-07-27 St James' Theatre in London closes
  • 1957-08-20 "Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 1957-09-10 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances

Music Premiere

1957-09-26 Leornard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 732 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

  • 1957-10-12 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • 1957-10-12 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • 1957-10-17 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1957-10-19 "Damn Yankees" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,022 performances
  • 1957-10-31 Yip Harburg, Fred Saidy, and Harold Arlen's musical "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 558 performances
  • 1957-11-06 "Rumple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1957-11-16 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1957-11-30 "Happy Hunting" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 413 performances
  • 1957-12-14 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • 1957-12-14 "Rumple" musical closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1957-12-19 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1375 performances, wins 5 Tony and a Grammy Award
  • 1958-01-23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1958-02-04 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • 1958-02-21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • 1958-02-22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1958-03-15 "Body Beautiful" musical closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1958-04-03 Abe Burrows, Richard and Marian Bissell's comedy "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 332 performances
  • 1958-05-24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

Film Premiere

1958-07-02 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

  • 1958-07-12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 693 performances

Music Premiere

1958-07-17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

  • 1958-07-19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
  • 1958-10-02 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London

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