This Day in Showbiz History… March 19


Actor Bruce Willis (pictured) turns 68 today while former Bond girl, Ursula Andress, turns 87 and multiple Oscar-nominee Glenn Close turns 76.

The Charles Gounod opera, Faust, premiered in Paris on this day in 1859, while a then-17-year-old Louis Armstrong wed 21-year-old Daisy Parker on this day in 1918.

On this day in 1988, the musical Cabaret was given an overhaul and revived on Broadway, going on to run longer than the original. Directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, it starred Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming.

This day in 2002 marked the Broadway opening of the excellent puppet musical, Avenue Q, which went on to take the Tony Award for best musical, beating Wicked.

On this day in 1988, Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle reached the top of the South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for five weeks. Just saying…