This Day in Showbiz History… April 22


This day in 2014 marked the opening of the Broadway revival of  the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris (pictured).

The show took four Tony awards, including one for Harris, co-star Lena Hall and for Best Revival. The musical also featured Dexter star Michael C Hall and show creator John Cameron Mitchell.

On this day in 1993, the Pete Townsend rock opera, The Who’s Tommy, opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre. Michael Cerveris took the title role, originally played by Roger Daltrey in the 1975 film.

The production took five Tony Awards, including Best Score for Townsend (in a tie with Kander and Ebb’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman) and Best Direction of a Musical for Des McAnuff.

Oscar-winner Jack Nicholson turns 85 today and rocker Peter Frampton turns 72. Country singer Glen Campbell, who died in 2017, would have turned 86 today.

On this day in 1965, Ticket to Ride by The Beatles rose to the top of the UK singles chart, becoming the band’s seventh No 1 in Britain. The song was form the popular movie, Help.