The Drowsy Chaperone - 12-30

Alongside all the other crazy, wacky things that fill up the halls and rooms of the American Treasure Tour, there are some outstanding advertisements and marquees.  Topping the list of the latter is the theater display for The Drowsy Chaperone.  Lit in all of its flashing glory and dominating the "Truck Room" in the Toy Box, this lit wonder honors this parody of the American musical comedy that began touring internationally in 1998 and continues to this day, with its Broadway debut in 2006.  

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The story takes place in modern times, with a Broadway-obsessed agoraphobic fantasizing that he becomes part of a 1928 musical comedy.  Gangsters, flappers, and a Latin lover become embroiled in a silly love story with ample laughs and songs.  If a touring company comes to your neighborhood theater, it might just be worth the purchase of some tickets!

QUESTION:

Why did Broadway get the nickname "The Great White Way" in the 1890s?

a)  The streets were literally paved with white cement

b)  It was one of the first streets in New York with electric lighting

c)  The marquees in the theater district tended to be white with black lettering

d)  A great white shark had been seen swimming up the Hudson River

e)  In honor of the popular theatrical actor James White

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

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On this day in 1853, the American ambassador to Mexico James Gadsden signed a treaty with our neighbors to the south to purchase land that has since become incorporated into southern Arizona and New Mexico.  The intention of the purchase was to assist in construction of an intercontinental railroad; however, progress was slowed down due to the internal dispute over slavery that led to the fighting of the Civil War.  When the first American transcontinental railroad was eventually completed, in 1869, it crossed from Council Bluff, Iowa to the San Francisco Bay in California.

BIRTHS:

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We celebrate the birth of Russ Tamblyn today.  The actor, singer, dancer was born on this date in 1934.  In his early career, Tamblyn performed in such high-profile musicals as West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and he was even nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1957 film Peyton Place.  Although he has continued to appear in television and movies since the 50's, he rarely received critical attention again until he performed the iconic role of Dr. Jacobi in David Lynch's television drama Twin Peaks between 1990 and '91.  Here's to Russ on his 79th!

QUOTE:

"That's the trouble with life. You're happy for 5 seconds, then something starts ringing." - from The Drowsy Chaperone

Answer:  b) It was one of the first streets in New York with electric lighting.