This Day in Showbiz History… January 13

redheadThis day in 1925 marked the birth of legendary dancer and Broadway star Gwen Verdon (pictured), who died in 2000. She was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actress or Featured Actress in a Musical six times, and won four times, for Can-Can, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town and Redhead, reports Playbill.

Playbill adds that Verdon originated the lead role in Sweet Charity and the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago. Verdon married choreographer Bob Fosse in 1960 and was at his side when he collapsed and died in 1987.

On this day in 2002, The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical, ended its lengthy run at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York’s Greenwich Village after more than 41 years. It enjoyed 17 162 performances there, reports Playbill. The show, a send-up of the Romeo and Juliet story, then went on to be revived in another Broadway theatre in 2006.

Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey turns 51 today, actor Orlando Bloom celebrates his 40th, Liam Hemsworth turns 27 and Julie-Louise Dreyfus turns 56.

On this day in 1990, New Kids on the Block were topping the UK singles chart with Hangin’ Tough. They had a further 7 Top 10s by the end of 1991. Just saying…