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Wed February 27, 2013
The Black Crook
In 1866, a theatre manager desperate to get any production to fill his theatre, cobbled together a script about some sort of fantasy world.
Though the script made little sense, an unemployed ballet company with some spare scenery offered a numbing five and a half hour production called The Black Crook. It ran 474 performances, and essentially began the “American musical theatre experience.”