Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 8

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 8
Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee perform Bombshell.
Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee perform Bombshell. Jay Brady

1925 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart make their lyric and songwriting debut in The Garrick Gaieties at Broadway's Garrick Theatre. In the cast are Sterling Holloway, Sanford Meisner, Philip Loeb, and Romney Brent.

1934 Gordon Daviot's historical play Queen of Scots plays at London's New Theatre. Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies is Mary and Laurence Olivier is Lord Bothwell. It runs 106 performances.

1943 J. J. Shubert directs a revival of Sigmund Romberg and Dorothy Donnelly's operetta The Student Prince at the Broadway Theatre. Former Ziegfeld Follies and George White's Scandals star Ann Pennington makes her final Broadway appearance in the role of barmaid Gretchen.

1980 Chinese traditions vs. Americanization is the focus of FOB, which opens at the Public Theater. David Henry Hwang's drama, set in a small restaurant in California, wins OBIEs for Best Play and for star John Lone.

1997 Michael Mayer directs a production of Peter Hedges' Baby Anger at Playwrights Horizons. The play stars Kristen Johnston and John Pankow as the stressed parents of a boy who gets cast in an award-winning commercial as a girl.

2015 Bombshell, the fictional musical from the television series Smash with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, is presented in a one-night-only concert to benefit The Actors Fund. The event reunites cast members from the series including Christian Borle, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, and Debra Messing.

Today's Birthdays: Robert Preston 1918. Alexis Smith 1921. Jerry Stiller 1927. Joan Rivers 1933. Jefferson Mays 1965. Julianna Margulies 1966.

Watch highlights from the 2015 concert of Bombshell:

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