1937 Maxwell Anderson continues his effort to bring back verse plays with his portrait of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, The Masque of Kings. It runs 89 performances with Dudley Digges and Henry Hull at the Shubert (and later Majestic) Theatre.
1947 The Story of Mary Surratt is a short one at the Henry Miller's Theatre. John Patrick's depiction of the execution of the boarding-house keeper in whose home President Lincoln's assassination was planned performs just 11 times. Dorothy Gish stars.
1954 The Immoralist stars James Dean as an Arab boy attempting a seductive blackmail. Louis Jourdan and Geraldine Page are the couple he may ensnare. Based on Andre Gide's novel, Ruth and Augustus Goetz's play runs for three months at the Royale Theatre.
1956 Paddy Chayefsky's drama Middle of the Night opens at the ANTA Playhouse. Edward G. Robinson and Gena Rowlands play an older man and younger woman who fall in love. Joshua Logan provides the direction.
2004 Taboo, which marked the debut of famed talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell as Broadway producer, closes after just 100 performances. The musical also served as the Broadway debut for its composer-lyricist and co-star, George O'Dowd (a.k.a. Boy George). Also featured in the cast: Euan Morton, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Raúl Esparza, and Liz McCartney.
Watch highlights from the Taboo 10th anniversary concert at 54 Below: