PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today in Theatre History: SEPTEMBER 12

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1866 The Broadway musical is born. The Black Crook opens at Niblo's Garden, a musical extravaganza featuring a melodramatic plot and scantily-dressed ballerinas who serve as chorus girls. Tickets ranged from five cents to $1.50. It was the first Broadway show to run for more than a year. A musical starring Zizi Jeanmaire called The Girl in Pink Tights, which is based on the story of this show's creation, will open on Broadway in 1954. Many other influences created the musical as it is known today, but Black Crook remains the consensus earliest model.

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