This Day in Showbiz History… December 6


Tom Hulce (pictured), who played Mozart in the film version of Amadeus, was born 69 years ago today, while Port Elizabeth-born singer Danny Williams, who had a 1961 hit with Moon River, died of cancer, aged 63, on this day in 2005.

Eleven years ago on this day, US singer Dobie Gray, who had a hit with Drift Away, died aged 71. Also on this day, in 1938, actress Bette Davis, then aged 30, divorced musician Harmon Nelson after more than six years of marriage.

On the theatre scene… on this day in 2015, School of Rock – The Musical, the first new Andrew Lloyd Webber show to open on Broadway in a decade, opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, where Lloyd Webber’s Cats enjoyed an 18-year run. Also, on this day in 2009, the David Mamet play, Race, opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It starred James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas.

South Africa’s top-selling single this week in 1969 was the Bee Gees classic, Don’t Forget to Remember. Just saying…