November recalls the play Lincoln first saw Booth in, Kern’s Princess Theatre musicals, a Puerto Rican literary godfather, a gospel Oedipus musical, and a century-defining epic.
October saw Congress vote against theatre, Frederick Douglass inveighing against minstrelsy, a ‘Shuffle Along’ sequel, a gravity-defying musical, and the passing of a genre-defining playwright.
September looks back on theatre in the colonies, early playwright protections, Midwest theatre milestones, living newspapers, and two groundbreaking Broadway musicals.
August theatre history brings the heat of protest, rolling blackouts, the creation of two new companies, and the less-than-stellar U.S. premiere of a literary star.
July brings a myriad of stories from theatre’s past, from an actress who witnessed Lincoln’s assassination to the a grounbreaking Deaf-and-hearing production on Broadway.
This month a famous cross-dressing performer finds love and success in her farewell tour, 2 new theatres are inaugurated, history is made at the Tony Awards, and an original musical gives voice to one of the first out trans U.S. mayors.
From a famous British mimic’s take on American types to the development of Asian American work the West Coast, the month is packed with noteworthy developments.
California gets its first theatre and a grand pageant, a choreographer preserves classic Broadway dance, and an early Paula Vogel work is staged in Canada.
March set the stage for political upheavals and peaceful exchanges between nations, a new dance company, a Chicana playwright, and the first female manager of a major U.S. theatre.
February recalls the premieres of 2 groundbreaking Black musicals on Broadway, the contentious beginnings of English theatre in the Big Easy, and a little company that could in Pennsylvania.