MaureenO’Sullivan’sactingcareerbeganwhenshemetmotionpicturedirectorFrankBorzage,whosuggestedthatshetake a screentestandthencasther in thefilmSong o’ My Heart. Shewent on to appear in a number of moviesforseveralstudiosbeforebeingchosen to playTarzan’sloveinterest,JaneParker, in TarzantheApeManandfiveotherTarzanfeatures. In whatotherfilmdidsheplay a characternamedJane?More…Discuss
Today In History. What Happened This Day In History
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.
Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe‘s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
Chile gains independence from Spain.
Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
English: Leonard Bernstein, conductor and musical director of New York City Symphony Español: Leonard Bernstein, director de orquesta y director musical de la New York City Symphony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) was probably best known to the public as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, for conducting concerts by many of the world’s leading orchestras, and for writing the music for West Side Story, a musical based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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English: Leonard Bernstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for the Lincoln Center, changing the neighborhood’s character.) The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a caucasian gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein’s score for the musical includes “Something’s Coming”, “Maria“, “America“, “Somewhere“, “Tonight“, “Jet Song”, “I Feel Pretty“, “A Boy Like That“, “One Hand, One Heart”, “Gee, Officer Krupke”, and “Cool“.
1957 Broadway 1958 West End 1959 U.S. tour 1960 Broadway return 1961 Film 1980 Broadway revival 1997 UK tour and West End revival 2008 West End revival and UK tour 2009 Broadway revival and US tour 2013/2015 UK Tour
Cunard was a Canadian-born British magnate and a giant of Atlantic shipping. When the British government invited bids in 1838 for carrying mail between England and North America, Cunard’s carefully considered plans won him the contract. Within two years, Cunard and his partners had placed four ships in operation, establishing the first regular steamship service between the continents and marking the beginning of the noted Cunard Line. What honor did Queen Victoria bestow upon Cunard in 1859? More…Discuss
Kern was one of the major US creators of the musical. With lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, he wrote his most important work in 1927—Show Boat—in which he integrated lyrical text with the dramatic demands of plot and character to create the first Americanmusical play. He became one of the most influential songwriters in American musical theater and is credited with more than 1,000 songs, including the standards “Ol’ Man River” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” How did he cheat death in 1915?More…Discuss
Sensational melodramas had been en vogue at the theater since the 19th century, but as film became the medium for large-scale spectacle, the Little Theater Movement developed in the US. Beginning in Chicago around 1912, theater enthusiasts banded together to produce more intimate, noncommercial, and reform-minded plays. The success of their Little Theater Movement likely helped to launch community theater and Off-Broadway plays. It also kick-started the career of what famous playwright? More…Discuss
Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire’s most popular films? More…Discuss