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"Urinetown" closes after 965 performances

Urinetown debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival and then was produced Off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors. The musical then opened on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre, totaling 25 previews and 965 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three.

"Ragtime" opens at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. The musical had its world premiere in Toronto, where it opened at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts produced by Canadian impresario Garth Drabinsky and his Livent Inc., the Toronto-production company he headed.

The Met hosts a jazz concert for the first time

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York is hosting a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Shostakovitch's opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

Shostakovich's first opera, a satirical work completed in 1928 based on Nikolai Gogol's story of the same name. The stage premiere, conducted by Samuil Samosud, took place at the Maly Operny Theatre. It opened to generally poor reviews and widespread incomprehension amongst musicians.

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born 1904

Cary Grant

born 1882

A. A. Milne