This Day in Showbiz History… March 9


On this day in 2009, Jane Fonda (pictured) returned to Broadway for the first time in 46 years – starring in 33 Variations, a music-infused play by writer-director Moises Kaufman.

And on this day in 2010, Love Never Dies, the Andrew Lloyd Webber sequel to Phantom of the Opera, opened in London at the Adelphi Theatre. It starred Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess.

Johannesburg-born actor and former dancer, Cliff Simon, star of Egoli and Stargate-SG1 (in which he played Ba’al), died in a kiteboarding accident in Topanga, California on this day in 2021. He was 58.

Also of note is that the Giuseppe Verdi opera, Nabucco, premiered in Milan on this day on 1842.

Singer Bow Wow turns 36 today while Martin Fry, lead vocalist with ’80s synth-pop band ABC, turns 65. French actress Juliet Binoche turns 59 and US actress Brittany Snow turns 37.

On this day in 1969, Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and The Shondells was enjoying the first of four weeks atop South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart. Just saying.