Magazine article American Theatre

March Theatre Almanac

Magazine article American Theatre

March Theatre Almanac

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90 YEARS AGO (1914)

The most famous female impersonator of the era, Julian Eltinge, plays a guy in The Crinoline Girl, which opens at New York's Knickerbocker Theatre on March 16, with a score by Tin Pan Alley tunesmith Percy Wenrich. Eltinge himself writes the lyrics for the show, in which he plays a cash-strapped suitor who wins over his potential father-in-law by capturing a female jewel thief.

65 YEARS AGO (1939)

To combat the label of "box-office poison" in Hollywood, Katharine Hepburn returns to Broadway--and success--in The Philadelphia Story, which Philip Barry penned with the Connecticut-bred, blue-blooded actress in mind. The play is a hit and runs for a year at the Shubert Theatre.

45 YEARS AGO (1959)

During A Raisin in the Sun's opening night ovation at the Barrymore Theatre, star Sidney Poitier jumps from the stage and carries scribe Lorraine Hansberry out of the audience to stand for her own applause. The play, directed by Lloyd Richards, wins critics' hearts as well, garnering the Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play, and runs for 530 performances.

30 YEARS AGO (1974)

A theatre of one's own: A $2-million grant from the Ford Foundation enables San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater to purchase the Geary Theater as its permanent home. The company, which has performed in the Geary since its move to the city by the Bay in 1967, also receives funding for a four-year support plan and cash reserves. …

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