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"Finding Neverland" opens on Broadway

Finding Neverland is an original musical with music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and a book by James Graham. The ART production directed by Diane Paulus opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Kelsey Grammer starred as Charles Frohman and Laura Michelle Kelly reprised the role of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.

"The Nance" opens on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre

The Nance is a play written by Douglas Carter Beane. It involves the lives of burlesque performers during the 1930s. The play premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, in a Lincoln Center Theater production. Directed by Jack O'Brien, the play starred Nathan Lane as Chauncey Miles, and featured Jonny Orsini, Cady Huffman, Andréa Burns, and Jenni Barber.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher is a play based on the 2004 novel Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. The show then opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The original Broadway cast included Christian Borle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Teddy Bergman.

"Next to Normal" opens on Broadway at the Booth Theatre

Next to Normal is an American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in 2009.

"Amy's View" opens on Broadway

Amy's View is a play written by British playwright David Hare. The production moved to Broadway in 1999 for a limited run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, again directed by Richard Eyre. Judi Dench, Ronald Pickup and Samantha Bond reprised their original roles.

"Driving Miss Daisy" opens at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre

Driving Miss Daisy is a play by American playwright Alfred Uhry, about the relationship of an elderly Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. The original Off-Broadway production was staged at Playwrights Horizons Studio Theatre, was directed by Ron Lagomarsino, and starred Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman.

Writer Jean-Paul Sartre dies

Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology. Sartre died in Paris from edema of the lung.

George Frideric Handel's opera "Serse" premieres

Serse is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel. It was first performed in London. The Italian libretto was modified by an unknown hand from that by Silvio Stampiglia for an earlier opera of the same name by Giovanni Bononcini.

J. S. Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

The St Matthew Passion is a Passion, a sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo voices, double choir, and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander. It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew to music, with interspersed chorales and arias.

Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is born

Da Vinci was a scientist and engineer, but also painter, sculptor, architect. His most known inventions are a parachute, helicopter, and tank. He was interested in music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. Leonardo is often mentioned as an exemplar of the Universal Genius or Renaissance Man.

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