ON THIS DAY IN 2023:
Harry Stiles (pictured) of One Direction turns 29 today while Lisa Marie Presley, who died in January 12, 2023, would have turned 55. Don Everly of the Everly Brothers turns 86 today, Michael C Hall of TV’s Dexter turns 52 and Sherilynn Fynn, of TV’s Twin Peaks, turns 58.
On the local scene, singer Pierre de Charmoy turns 62, actor Emmanual Castis turns 47 today and actor Brandon Eilers turns 43.
On this day in 1893, the Puccini opera, Manon Lescaut, premiered in Turin, which was also where Puccini’s La Boheme premiered on this day in 1896.
Also on this day, in 1929, The Broadway Melody, starring Bessie Love, was released … and went on to become the first film with sound to win the Oscar for best picture (in 1930).
Playbill reports that on this day in 2002, a settlement was announced between producer Scott Rudin and composer Stephen Sondheim over ownership of the musical Wise Guys, since retitled Bounce, that allowed its 2003 premiere in Chicago. When the musical finally opened in New York in 2008, it was retitled Road Show.
This week in 1988 saw (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, top the Springbok Radio chart. The song, from the film Dirty Dancing, held the crown for five weeks. Just saying…