There are a few golden years in Broadway history just packed with great musical hits and stars. How many theatre fans wish they could go back in time to, say 1947, with Finian’s Rainbow and Brigadoon; or 1949 with South Pacific and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; or 1956 with My Fair Lady, The Most Happy Fella and Bells Are Ringing; or 2005 with Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Light in the Piazza?
But not many wall calendars could compete with 1964, now a half-century gone, for a pure concentration of red-letter days.
The year 1964 was a time when Broadway musicals were still powerhouses of American mass culture. So let’s pause for a moment and go month by month, show by show and remember why musical theatre fans with access to a time machine might consider setting the dial for that special year.
Click through to explore the landmark theatrical season of 1964.
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