On This Day in Showbiz History… January 25

ON THIS DAY IN 2023:  wham

Thirty-eight years ago today, on this day in 1985, George Michael (pictured) took Careless Whisper to the top of South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for three weeks.

Playbill reports that on this day in 2002, at a special sold-out performance attended by Colm Wilkinson, Cameron Mackintosh and Trevor Nunn, Les Miserables celebrated surpassing the 6 137-performance run of A Chorus Line on Broadway. It became the second-longest running show in Broadway history. The cast performed a combination of songs from the two shows – One and One Day More, reports Playbill.

Singer Demis Roussos died on this day in 2015, aged 68. Singer-pianist Alicia Keys turns 43 today, while Michael Trevino, star of TV’s The Vampire Diaries, turns 38.

This day in 1961 marked the US release of the Walt Disney animated classic, 101 Dalmatians, while the Robert Altman film M*A*S*H premiered in the US on this day in 1970. Just saying…