December 8th, 1930: Cole Porter’s musical “The New Yorkers” opens at B. S. Moss’s Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances.
Porter is best known as a composer and songwriter for Broadway and in films, with his musical ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ winning the very first Tony Award for Best Musical.
He was notable for writing music and lyrics together, whereas most musicals had separate composers and songwriters.
Other famous musicals include ‘Anything Goes,’ ‘Can-Can,’ and ‘Silk Stockings.’
Across these works, and those in film, Porter had numerous hit songs; ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ ‘Night and Day,’ etc.
Born: June 9, 1891
Birthplace: Peru, Indiana, USA
Died: October 15, 1964 (aged 73)