A Broadway Breakpoint

The musical that changed it all.

History usually moves along in incremental steps. A policy change here, a new election there, and the world gradually changes. So breakpoints, when the world suddenly shifts on its axis, are relatively rare, and their dates tend to be known even to the most historically ignorant. The Norman Conquest in 1066; the European discovery of America in 1492; the American Revolution in 1776, and the outbreak of World War I in 1914 are some examples. On a far smaller scale, there was a break point in the history of Broadway 75 years ago this Saturday, when a new musical opened.

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