95 Years Ago (1919)
The 30-day Actors’ Equity Association strike finally ends, after closing 37 productions, preventing the opening of another 16 productions, costing $3 million, and shuttering theatres around the country. The strike results in the AEA receiving recognition as an organization and actors gaining improved working conditions, pay and performance schedules.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Julie Andrews makes her Broadway debut in Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend at the Royale Theatre. Both the musical and the actress are destined for greater success, and Andrews will star in some of the best-known musicals and motion pictures of all time.
50 years Ago (1964)
Fiddler on the Roof, starring Zero Mostel, debuts at the Imperial Theatre. With lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock and book by Joseph Stein, the musical goes on to win nine Tony Awards and spawns a film and several Broadway revivals.
20 years Ago (1994)
Broadway and film star Jessica Tandy dies at the age of 85. Tandy was nominated for five Tony Awards (including one for her role as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire). She won two, as well as a Special Tony for lifetime achievement.