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Broadway revival of "Present Laughter" opens

Present Laughter is a comic play written by Noël Coward. The play's title comes from a song in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which urges carpe diem. A Broadway revival opened at the St. James Theatre, starring Kevin Kline as Garry, Kate Burton as Liz, Reg Rogers as Morris, and Kristine Nielsen as Monica, with direction by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

"The Pirate Queen" opens on Broadway

The Pirate Queen is a musical with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, French lyrics by Alain Boublil and English lyric adaptations by Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey. Frank Galati directed, with musical staging by Graciela Daniele, Irish Dance choreography by Carol Leavy Joyce, and additional choreography by Mark Dendy.

"Follies" returns to Broadway

Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. A Broadway revival opened at the Belasco Theatre and closed after 117 performances and 32 previews. It was significantly stripped down and was not a success critically.

The world's longest bridge span opens in Japan

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a suspension bridge, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. It crosses the busy Akashi Strait as part of the Honshu–Shikoku Highway. It was completed in 1998, and with the length of 1,991m, it has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.

The first performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D

The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36, is a symphony in four movements written by Ludwig van Beethoven and is dedicated to Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky. Beethoven produced the symphony during his stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at a time when his deafness was becoming more pronounced and he began to realize that it might be incurable.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1994

Kurt Cobain

born 1989

Lily James

born 1908

Bette Davis

born 1916

Gregory Peck