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145 YEARS AGO (1867)

Florenz Ziegfield Jr. is born into a musical family in Chicago. He will go on to become the father of the musical revue. Throughout his lifetime Ziegfeld will produce numerous Follies, which he will model after the Folies-Bergere of Paris. He will also produce and stage such successes as Show Boat (1927).

55 YEARS AGO (1957)

The final Ziegfeld Follies opens at the Winter Garden Theatre, 25 years after its namesake's death. The show will run 123 performances, featuring songs of Sammy Fain and Howard Dietz, among others.

50 YEARS AGO (1962)

Construction starts on the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. The playhouse, named for a Southern California financier, will house Center Theatre Group, a troupe committed to producing new work. Five years later, CTG's debut production will be The Devils starring Frank Langella and Ed Flanders.

15 YEARS AGO (1997)

Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive opens Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse star. The play, which candidly addresses pedophilia, will go on to win the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Title Annotation:March
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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