On July 10th, 1948: The Broadway musical Allegro closed at the Majestic Theatre after 318 performances. After their first two smash hit collaborations, Oklahoma! and Carousel, Richard Rogers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) set out to stage a third. After a calamitous tryout in New Haven, Allegro received very mixed reviews in NYC, but did manage win three Donaldson Awards.
IRABU MADE A MEMORABLE DEBUT
On July 10th, 1997: Former Japanese fireballer Hideki Irabu made a smashing debut as a New York Yankee. After playing for nearly seven strong innings, Idabu—who fanned a total of nine on 99 piches—received a thunderous ovation when manager Joe Torre finally removed him from the game. He made headlines after winning that 10-3 game against the Detroit Tigers for the Yankees; however, he would prove incapable of living up to the hype that he created on that memorable night. Tragically, Hideki was found dead in his Los Angeles home on July 27th, 2011, after an apparent suicide.
BORN ON THIS DAY: ARLO GUTHRIE
On July 10th, 1947: Folk singer-songwriter Arlo Davy Guthrie was born. Like his late father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo sings songs of protest against political injustice. His 18-minute musical monologue, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre,” which inspired a Academy Award nominated movie starring Guthrie as himself alongside Pat Quinn and James Broderick, was a first-person counterculture piece that Arlo said dealt with the inequitable loopholes to conscription in the Vietnam War.
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