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The Steven Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, is performed on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 702 performances.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.
The Noel Coward-composed musical Sail Away is presented at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 167 performances.
The musical Milk And Honey, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, is playing at The Martin Beck Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 543 performances.
The stage musical Do-Re-Mi, starring Max Bygraves, with music by Jule Styne, is playing at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, England, Europe, during a run of 169 performances.
The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.
Tommy Steele, Teddy Johnson And Pearl Carr, Jimmy James, The Raindrops, Joe Baker And Jack Douglas, Desmond Walter-Ellis, The KIms and Regine And Andre Berny play during a seven-week season at The Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
The Vandergrift Brothers are playing during a four week long engagement in Rockland, Maine, USA.
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The musical Kwamina is playing at The 54th Street, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of just 32 performances.
The musical Irma La Douce is presented at The Alvin Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA during a total of 524 Broadway performances.
The musical Kean, based on the life of 18th Century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, is playing at The Broadway Theater, New York City, USA, during a run of 92 performances.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Adelphi, Slough, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
The Springfields (including Dusty Springfield) are the musical guests on tonight's edition of The Benny Hill Show on BBC-tv in London, England, UK, Europe.
Eddie 'Big Blues' Carson and the Bobby Smith Band play the second of three nights at Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
Mike Dee And The Jaywalkers play at The Park Ballroom, Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe. The band's guitarist is Ritchie Blackmore, later to find fame with Deep Purple.
Barney Rapp And His Band play in The Rathskeller at The Sheraton-Gibson Hotel, Cincinnati, OHio, USA.
The LP 21 Today by Cliff Richard reaches No1 in the UK's NME Popular Albums chart. It will remain at No1 for just one week.
Brook Benton plays the second night in a week of shows at The Roberts Show Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jackie Wilson plays the fifth night in a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
It is reported that Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Connie Francis has been chosen as the Christmas Seal Song for 1961 by the Natuional Tuberculosis Association in the USA.
The Andy Doll Band plays a gig in Waterloo, Iowa, USA.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes play at The Majestic Ballroom, Crewe, Cheshire, England, UK, Europe.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA is I Don't Know Why by Linda Scott, entering at No71.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at a dance in the terrace Ballroom of the Mosque Theatre, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the hit single Walking Back To Happiness by Helen Shapiro.
Principal photography begins for Elvis Presley's tenth movie, Kid Galahad, on location at Hidden Lodge, Idyllwild, California, USA.
Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
When Bob Dylan makes his first concert hall appearance, promoted by Izzy Young, at Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York City, USA, most of the 52-strong audience are his friends.
Billy Fury And The Blue Flames, Valerie Masters, The Karl Denver Trio, The Allisons, Bobby Angelo And The Tuxedos, Tommy Sanderson And The Sandmen and Bob Wallis And His Storyville Jazzmen are the musical guests on the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club in London, England, UK, Europe.
A new club, The O asis, opens in Manchester, England, UK, Europe, proclaiming itself, "Manchester's Most Fab Club For Young People". The opening night attraction is Dick Charlesworth And His City Gents.
US Army Private James Marshall Hendrix [Jimi Hendrix] boards the bus to transfer him to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA.
Johnny Cash records a version of Delia's Gone at Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This version will remain unreleased.
Crying / Candy Man, by Roy Orbison reaches No1 in the Australian Top 20 singles chart.
Helen Shapiro, Danny Williams, The Brook Brothers, Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor and The Galliards, The Two Tones, The Red Price Combo, Joe Baker and Jack Douglas play at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
Ray Charles And His Orchestra play for The Junior Prom at Armory Gymnasium, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Ray Charles reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA with Hit The Road Jack, written by Percy Mayfield.
Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys, Red Foley and Uncle Cyp play the second of two nights in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.