October 19 – Elgar, Godfrey, Chorus Line, Clerks

1901


Elgar, c.1900

Premiere performance of ‘March No. 1 in D major’ (the famous one) of a series of five marches called Pomp and Circumstance.

Elgar conducts, 1931 

They’re composed by England’s Edward Elgar between 1901 and 1930. Elgar later sets the famous tune as a patriotic song, by request of the King, called Land of Hope and Glory.

1953

An angry Arthur Godfrey, thought of as a ‘nice guy’, fires singer Julius LaRosa, live on his TV program … alienating many viewers.

1975

A musical about A Chorus Line opens on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre.

The show ends in 1990 after 6,137 performances, and after winning 9 Tony Awards. It re-opens in October, 2006!

A film version directed by Richard Attenborough is released on Dec. 10, 1985.

1994

Kevin Smith‘s hip slacker/stoner comedy film Clerks is released.

It’s shot for $27,000 (it earns that back in 2 theatres on its first weekend) … they spend more than that on the alt-rock Clerks soundtrack! which includes Soul Asylum‘s Can’t Even Tell  (MR#15) and Alice in Chains Got Me Wrong  (MR#7).

Grossing $3mil (short tail), the film TEARS UP the indie scene. Snoochie boochies!

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