Original Broadway Production (1928)

Trivia & History

The first day's sale in Boston, where the show played its pre-Broadway run, was an impressive $21,000.

Rehearsals began on November 8, 1927.

Originally Sidney Blackmer was to play Lt. Richard Fry. After rehearsing one day, Blackmer and producer Florenz Ziegfeld jointly decided that the role needed a musical comedy performer. Oliver McLennan, an Australian tenor, was hired.

There was a possible run in Philadelphia discussed but the show remained in Boston for its entire pre-Broadway tryout.

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