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"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" opens on Broadway

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a play by Rajiv Joseph. The show is about "a tiger that haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life. A Broadway production opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

"Hair" returns to Broadway

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The Broadway revival earned strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" premieres on Broadway

The first play of Glass Menagerie on Broadway opened in the Playhouse Theatre. In the same year, it was nominated for and won the NY Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play. Its positive reception changed the public view of Williams and made him famous. The premiere was directed by Eddie Dowling and Margo Jones.

"Oklahoma!" opens on Broadway

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. The original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and choreographed by Agnes de Mille.

Fashion designer Liz Claiborne is born

Claiborne was born to prominent American parents living in Brussels. Her family moved back to the US at the start of WWII. She worked for several years as a sketch artist in Manhattan in NYC. Following this, she started her own design company, Liz Claiborne Inc. It immediately became successful and made it to the Fortune 500 list.

Antonín Dvořák's opera "Rusalka " premieres in Prague

The premiere of Rusalka took place at the Prague National Theatre. It achieved enormous success among the Czech people and became one of the most successful Czech operas. Following this, it gained success abroad quite soon as well. The name Rusalka represents a lake or river inhabiting water sprite from Slavic mythology.

Eiffel Tower officially opens

At the end of March, Eiffel Tower was officially opened. During the celebration, several government officials and press representatives ascended to the top of the tower. Even though it was criticized for its design, it became a global icon of France, just as well as one of the most-visited monuments in the world.

Novelist Charlotte Brontë dies at 38

English novelist Brontë died during her pregnancy, at her home in Haworth, only 3 weeks before her 39th birthday. It is not exactly clear what was the cause, though her death certificate states it was due to tuberculosis. Following her death, she was buried in the family vault, in the Church of St Michael and All Angels.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1971

Ewan McGregor

born 1948

Rhea Perlman

died 2016

Zaha Hadid