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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1974, Angela Lansbury opens in the first Broadway revival of Gypsy. Following in the footsteps of the legendary Ethel Merman was probably very frightening, but Lansbury wins over everyone. Variety critic Hobe Morrison reports, however, that she had “visible stage fright during much of the first act.” The production will run 120 performances.

For more on the 1974 revival of Gypsy, including a look inside the opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

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