Me and Juliet is a musical comedy with music by Richard Rodgers and
lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The story deals with romance
between the cast and crew backstage at a long-running musical, a show-
within-the-show (also named Me and Juliet). The musical premiered in
1953 and ran for almost a year on Broadway, closing after it exhausted
its advance sales. It received no Tony Award nominations. The play
required complex machinery, designed by Jo Mielziner, so that the
audience could view action not only on the stage but also in the wings
and high above the stage near the spotlights. The show garnered less
than favorable reviews, though Mielziner’s staging won praise from
audiences and critics. With the exception of a short run in Chicago,
there was no national tour, and the show is rarely seen—although a
small-scale production was presented by London’s Finborough Theatre in
2010. “No Other Love” from the show became a hit record in 1953 for
Perry Como and in 1956 for Ronnie Hilton.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
The Lateran Council concluded proceedings intended to rectify
abuses in the papal electoral process that had led to the elevation of
the antipopes Constantine II and Philip.
English poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy
encountered a “long belt” of daffodils, inspiring him to pen his most
famous work, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”.
Torrential rains caused the Mississippi River to break out of
its levee system in at least 145 places, resulting in the worst flooding
in the history of the United States.
Jackie Robinson, the first African American to break the
baseball color line, played his first game in Major League Baseball.
A human crush during an FA Cup semi-final match between
Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield,
England, caused 96 deaths, making it the worst disaster in British
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light
does, which shines most where the place is darkest.
–Leonardo da Vinci
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