This Day in Showbiz History… March 20


British singer Dame Vera Lynn (pictured),  a singing icon of the war years, who released a new album last year, turns 103 today.

Actor William Hurt turns 70 today, actor Michael Rapaport turns 50 and actor David Thewlis turns 57. Director Spike Lee turns 63 and actress-model Ruby Rose turns 34.

Today also marks the birthday, in 1828, of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who died in 1906. His dramas include Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House.

Still on the theatre scene, this day in 2011 saw the Broadway debut of the Aussie hit, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical. It starred Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Nick Adams.

It was also on this day in 2010 that London’s Adelphi Theatre saw the revival of the macabre Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd, Directed by Jonathan Kent, it starred Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

The Disney musical Aladdin mad its Broadway debut on this day in 2014, starring Adam Jacobs in the title role.

On this day in 1976,  Let Me Into Your Life by South African group Flood was crowning the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for three weeks. Just saying…