HARD KNOCK LIFE
On April 21, 1977: The original production of Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre (now called the Neil Simon Theatre). The musical ran for 2,377 performances and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, of which it won seven. This popular production has seen numerous revivals and tours, as well as film and television adaptations.
A LEGEND IS BORN
On April 21, 1949: Broadway legend Patti LuPone was born. She was a member of the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division and is a two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner. LuPone has appeared in many notable productions, such as Evita, Les Misérables, and Gypsy.
On April 21, 1951: Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actor Tony Danza was born in Brooklyn. Danza is best known for his roles on Taxi, Who’s the Boss?, and The Tony Danza Show.
On April 21, 1878: The first fireman’s pole was installed in a firehouse in New York City. Despite being as iconic to firehouse lore as the Dalmatian, fireman’s poles are largely on the decline.