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Revival of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" opens on Broadway

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a musical based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It is written by Rupert Holmes and was the first Broadway musical with multiple endings. Holmes received Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score. The musical won five Tony Awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor.

Al Pacino starts in "The Merchant of Venice" on Broadway

Pacino returned to the stage in the summer of 2010, playing Shylock in the Shakespeare in the Park production, The Merchant of Venice. The acclaimed production moved to Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, earning US$1 million at the box office in its first week. The performance also garnered him a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Play.

"Billy Elliot" opens on Broadway

Billy Elliot the Musical is a musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The music is by Elton John, and the book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, who wrote the film's screenplay. The plot revolves around Billy, a British motherless boy who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. The musical premiered at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End and was nominated for 9 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning 4, including Best New Musical.

"The Lion King" opens 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. It is Broadway's third longest-running show in history, and has grossed more than $1 billion, making it the highest grossing Broadway production of all time.

Elsa Schiaparelli dies

Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer. She is regarded as one of the most important figures in fashion between the two World Wars. Her designs were influenced by Surrealists like Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. She spent her latest years in her Paris apartment and house in Tunisia.

Kirk Douglas stars in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

The 1963–64 Broadway production starred Kirk Douglas as Randle Patrick McMurphy. Douglas retained the rights to make a film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for a decade but was unable to find a studio willing to make it with him. Eventually, he gave the rights to his son Michael, who succeeded in getting the film produced. At that time, Kirk Douglas was deemed too old for the role of McMurphy, and the role was given to Jack Nicholson.

Camille Pissarro dies

Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. He is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886. He died in Paris and was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" is first published in one volume

Heart of Darkness is a novel about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, narrated by Charles Marlow, who tells the story to his friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames in London. The novel's central idea is that there is little difference between civilized people and those described as savages.

Robert Louis Stevenson is born

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His famous works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses. He is the 26th most translated author in the world.

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