December 27 – Show Boat, Radio City Music Hall

1927

The Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat, the first true American ‘musical play’, opens in NYC’s brand new Ziegfeld Theatre. ▷IBDB▹
 
It’s the story of people working on the boat Cotton Blossom from 1880-1927. Hollywood made the musical into movies in 1929, 1936 and 1951. Ol’ Man River (a US#1 Paul Whiteman hit in 1928) just keeps on rolling along.
 
▷PBS▹ ▷Show Boat history▹

1932

Opening of Radio City Music Hall, home of precision dance company the Rockettes, in NYC.
 
It quickly becomes the world’s largest movie theatre, with 6000 seats; it’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ boasts 4,400 pipes.  ~ But the Rockefellers weren’t saints  

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