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"Kinky Boots" opens on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Kinky Boots is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The Broadway debut started previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Both the Chicago and original Broadway casts starred Billy Porter as Lola, Stark Sands as Charlie and Annaleigh Ashford as Lauren.

Günter Grass publishes controversial poem

Günter Grass was a German novelist and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2012 he published a prose poem named "What must be said". The poem discusses a threat of annihilation of the Iranian people and the writer's fears Germany's delivery to Israel of a sixth Dolphin-class submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

A revival of "Lend Me a Tenor" opens at the Music Box Theatre

Lend Me a Tenor earned Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actress for Jan Maxwell and Best Costume Design for Martin Pakledinaz. The cast also featured three-time Tony nominee Maxwell as Maria, Mary Catherine Garrison as Maggie, Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Diana, and Jay Klaitz as the Bellhop.

"The Graduate" opens at the Plymouth Theatre

The Graduate is written by Terry Johnson, adapted from the original novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. The comedy is directed by Johnson, and features Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson, Jason Biggs as Benjamin and Alicia Silverstone as Elaine.

"42nd Street" returns to Broadway

42nd Street is an American musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer, and music by Harry Warren. It opened at the Foxwoods Theatre, where it ran for 1,524 performances. The cast included Michael Cumpsty as Julian, Christine Ebersole as Dorothy, Kate Levering as Peggy, and David Elder as Billy.

World Trade Center opens

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of 7 buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It featured the landmark Twin Towers, which were destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. At the time of their completion, the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world.

"Follies" opens on Broadway

Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. Follies premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. It was directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, with choreography by Bennett, scenic design by Boris Aronson, costumes by Florence Klotz, and lighting by Tharon Musser.

Vltava by Bedřich Smetana premieres in Prague

Vltava, also known by its English name The Moldau, and in German Die Moldau, was premiered under Adolf Čech. It is about 13 minutes long, and is in the key of E minor. In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia's great rivers.

Philip Astley stages the first modern circus

Englishman Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London. Astley’s trick riding received such a favorable response that he soon hired other equestrians, a clown, and musicians. Astley rode in a circle rather than a straight line as his rivals did, and thus changed the format which was later named a circus.

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