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"Lion King" is the fifth longest-running show on Broadway

The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets.

"Hairspray" opens at the Neil Simon Theatre

Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues.

Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson is born

Stieg Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the Millennium trilogy of crime novels, which were published posthumously and adapted as motion pictures. Larsson lived much of his life in Stockholm and worked there with socialist politics and journalism, including as an independent researcher of right-wing extremism.

The legendary Ethel Barrymore is born

Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Barrymore was a stage actress regarded as "The First Lady of the American Theatre" whose career spanned six decades. She spent her childhood in Philadelphia and attended Roman Catholic schools there.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1972

Ben Affleck

born 1912

Julia Child

born 1968

Debra Messing

born 1985

Emily Kinney