It Happened Today in New York City
On December 26, 1940, My Sister Eileen by Joseph A. Fields & Jerome Chodorov opened at the Biltmore Theatre and would go on to run for 865 performances. The semi-autobiographical comedy, based on the stories of Ruth McKenney, starred Shirley Booth and Jo Ann Sayers as two provincial Ohio sisters who come to New York to hit the big time, meeting up with crazy urban shenanigans wherever they go. In 1942, the play was adapted to a film starring Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair. In 1953, Leonard Bernstein adapted it into the musical, Wonderful Town.
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