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By On This Day in NYC's History

HARD KNOCK LIFE

On April 21, 1977: The original production of Annie opened at the Neil Simon Theatre (now called the Alvin Theater). The musical ran for 2,377 performances and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, of which it won seven. Standing the test of time, Annie has seen numerous revivals and tours, as well as adaptations for film and television.

A LEGEND IS BORN

On April 21, 1949: Broadway legend Patti LuPone was born. She was a member of the first graduating class of Julliard’s Drama Division, and is two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner. LuPone has appeared in many notable productions, such as Evita, Les Misérables, and Gypsy.

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TONY DANZA

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.

FIREHOUSE FIRST

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 imagery of the Dalmatian, fireman’s poles are largely on the decline.

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