THE TAP DANCE KID CLOSED
On August 11, 1985: The Tap Dance Kid closed at the Broadhurst Theatre. Written by Charles Blackwell with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics by Robert Lorick, the musical received mixed reviews; one New York Times reviewer praised the choreography (indeed, The Tap Dance Kid won the Tony for Best Choreography) and several actors’ individual performances, but saw the plot as “earnest [but] plodding” and the music forgettable.
BRIAN MULLEN HAD A STROKE
On August 11, 1993: Former New York Islander Brian Mullen suffered a minor stroke. The then-31-year-old born and raised Manhattanite had played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League as a forward when he was afflicted by the stroke, from which he made a speedy recovery.
On August 11, 1965: Duane Martin was born in Brooklyn. After playing Division III basketball for NYU, Martin entered the NBA as a free agent with the New York Knicks, although he left the sport before ever playing. He then became known for his roles in numerous TV shows and films, including the character ‘Willie’ in the film White Men Can’t Jump and as ‘Derrick’ in the rom-com The Seat Filler.