This Day in Showbiz History… October 19


Playbill reports that on this day in 1944, Marlon Brando (pictured) made his Broadway debut only three years before he went on to win critical acclaim in 1947’s A Streetcar Named Desire. He was featured in I Remember Mama, the John van Druten comedy produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. It ran at the Music Box Theatre.

Playbill states that Brando is reported in the Playbill magazine as having “served his apprenticeship at the New School… Born in Calcutta, India, he came to this country when he was six months old.” The truth is that Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Still on Broadway… on this day in 1995, Carol Channing starred in another revival of Hello, Dolly!, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 31 years after she first played the lead role of Dolly Levi. The revival ran for 116 performances.

Actor John Lithgow turns 77 today, while actor-director Jon Favreau turns 57 and singer George McRae (remember his ’70s hits It’s Been So Long and Rock Your Baby?) turns 78.

At the top of the UK singles chart on this day in 1972 was Mouldy Old Dough by Lieutenant Pigeon. It spent four weeks at No 1. Just saying…