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    • The first true producer of the American musical revue was a first generation German immigrant named FLORENZ ZIEGFIELD
      • Florenz Ziegfield, Jr. was the son of the head of the successful Chicago College of Music.
      • In 1893, “Flo’s” father opened a nightclub in Chicago designed to coincide with the opening of Chicago’s World Fair.
      • Flo travelled to NYC to find a headliner for the club.
    • Travelling about NYC, he found that the entertainment downtown was made up of:
      • Minstrel shows
      • Song and dance
      • European style operettas
    • Ziegfield’s Follies
      • Ziegfield combined all that he saw into a new type of American performance: Ziegfield’s Follies
    • In 1904, something BIG happened to make Broadway what it is today…
      • Times Square subway station opens. The IRT subway line brings New Yorkers rapid transit and access to the new theater district.
    • Ziegfield’s Follies
      • Bert Williams
      • In 1910, Ziegfield took a characteristic RISK and cast Bert Williams, a black man, as one of the comics in his follies. This was the first instance of a black performer acting alongside white performers.
    • Other Performers of Note
      • George M. Cohan: the first “song and dance man”
      • Fanny Brice: one of the first female comedians (the musical “Funny Girl” is based on her story)