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Revival of "Once on This Island" opens on Broadway

Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love, it is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid.

Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

Prayers of Kierkegaard was a religious statement, divided by Barber into four distinct parts, each representing a different prayer. It was originally premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cecilia Society Chorus, and soprano Leontyne Price, with Charles Munch conducting.

Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" premieres in NYC

A Streetcar Named Desire, a play written by Tennessee Williams, premiered on Broadway, starring Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama next year. It is often regarded as one of the finest plays of the 20th century while being considered to be Williams greatest.

Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Symphony No. 4 by Howard Hanson was inspired by the death of his father, taking its movement titles from sections of the Requiem Mass. It was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer himself. Later awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music and he regarded it as his best work.

Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days

Sometimes, after being asked for a divorce by her husband, Agatha left her home, leaving only a letter behind, saying she was on her way to Yorkshire. Her car was later found abandoned, with Christie nowhere to be found. Despite the police and lots of volunteers searching the country, it took them 11 days to find her.

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