Dan Soda (Windy City Operaman) is a Chicago native whose first visit to opera was at age 17 and Massenet’s Werther with Troyanos and Kraus. Nothing was ever the same. Opera and concert performances, recordings and video are an obsession. He prepares Parterre Box’s daily birthday and anniversary tributes. He also enjoys concerts, live theater and movies.
On this day in 1955 the legendary flop musical Ankles Aweigh opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.
On this day in 1912, Al Jolson‘s recording of “Ragging the Baby to Sleep” was released.
On this day in 1959 A Party with Comden and Green opened at the John Golden Theater.
Born on this day in 1684 Catherine I of Russia.
On this day in 1960 Bye Bye Birdie opened at the Martin Beck Theater, to run 607 performances.
On this day in 1957 the musical Shinbone Alley opened at Broadway Theater for a run of 49 performances.
On this day in 1967 the musical Ilya Darling opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.
On this day in 1849 the safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt, who sold the right to his invention for $400.
On this day in 1928, the play Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West, opened at the Royale Theater in New York City.
On this day in 1876 Amilcare Ponchielli‘s opera La Gioconda [from which our doyenne derived her nom de plume] premiered in Milan.
On this day in 397 the wearing of Barbarian clothing in the City of Rome was banned by the Emperor Honorius.
On this day in 1808 John Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company.
Relax, enjoy a steaming cup of java and celebrate Sunday with a discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.
On this day in 1971 the musical Follies opened at Winter Garden Theater in New York for 524 performances.
On this day in 1930 The Broadway Melody was named “Outstanding Picture” at the second annual Academy Awards ceremony.
On this day in 1968 Stanley Kubrick‘s film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released.
On this day in 307, after divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine married Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.
On this day in 1778, at the sixth performance of the play Irène, the audience crowned playwright Voltaire with a laurel wreath.
On this day in 1917 Puccini’s La Rondine premiered in Monte Carlo.
On this day in 1976 the Washington DC Metro opened.
On this day in 1955 “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” became the #1 record in the United States.
On this say in 1961 Gypsy closed at the Broadway Theater after 702 performances.
On this day in 1913 the Palace Theater opened at 1564 Broadway in New York City.
On this day in 1901 Dame Nellie Melba revealed the recipe for her eponymous toast.