By David Gewirtzman
and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin
24 Aug 2013
1986 A revival of The Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed 8 1/2-hour production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby opens on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. Once again directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, the play fails to catch on with audiences this time around, and closes a month earlier than originally planned, after 29 performances.
1988 Stage and film actor Leonard Frey, who appeared in the original production of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band, dies today of AIDS. Frey also appeared as Mendel, the Rabbi's son, in the original 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof, and received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Motel, the tailor, in the 1971 film version.
2008 The Phantom of the Opera puts down his mask for four performances starting today at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway while technicians invade his lair and upgrade the sound system. Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh take the unusual step of temporarily closing down the longest-running show in Broadway history "to bring the production's sound design technology into the 21st century."