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42nd Street
   debuted in   
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
1980 - Later moved to the Winter Garden Theatre in New York
Annie
   debuted in   
Alvin Theatre in New York
1977 - Based on the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”. The Alvin Theatre was renamed the Neil Simon Theatre in 1983.
Annie Get Your Gun
   debuted in   
Imperial Theatre in New York
1946 - Based on the life of Annie Oakley
Avenue Q
   debuted in   
John Golden Theatre in New York
2003 - Based on the book by Jeff Whitty
Beauty and the Beast
   debuted in   
Palace Theatre in New York
1994
Big River
   debuted in   
Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York
1985 - Based on Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
Cats
   debuted in   
New London Theatre in London
1981 - Based on TS Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”
A Chorus Line
   debuted in   
Shubert Theatre in New York
1975
Damn Yankees
   debuted in   
46th Street Theatre in New York
1955 - A modern re-telling of the Faust legend set in Washington, DC in the 1950’s
Evita
   debuted in   
Prince Edward Theatre in London
1978 - Based on Mary Main’s biography “The Woman with the Whip”
Fiddler on the Roof
   debuted in   
Imperial Theatre in New York
1964 - Originally entitled “Tevye”
Funny Girl
   debuted in   
Winter Garden Theatre in New York
1964 - Based on the life and career of Fanny Brice
Grease
   debuted in   
Eden Theatre in New York
1972 - Takes its name from the youth subculture in 1950’s USA known as “greasers”
Hair
   debuted in   
Biltmore Theatre in New York
1968 - Conceived by actors James Rado and Gerry Ragni
Hairspray
   debuted in   
Neil Simon Theatre in New York
2002
Hello Dolly
   debuted in   
St. James Theatre in New York
Based on Thornton Wilder's "Merchant of Yonkers"
Jekyll and Hyde
   debuted in   
Plymouth Theatre in New York
1997 - Despite its long run, the musical lost $1.5 million
Jersey Boys
   debuted in   
August Wilson Theatre in New York
2005 - Based on the lives of the rock and roll group The Four Seasons
The King and I
   debuted in   
St. James Theatre in New York
1951 -Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon
Kiss Me Kate
   debuted in   
New Century Theatre in New York
1948 - Based, in part, on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”
La Cage Aux Folles
   debuted in   
Palace Theatre in New York
1983 - Based on the French play by Jean Poiret
Les Miserables
   debuted in   
Barbican Arts Centre in London
1985 - Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
The Lion King
   debuted in   
Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
1997 - Later moved permanently to the New Amsterdam Theater in New York
Mama Mia!
   debuted in   
Prince Edward Theatre in London
1999 - Based on the songs of ABBA
Miss Saigon
   debuted in   
Theatre Royal in London
1989 - A modern adaptation of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” set in Vietnam
Man of La Mancha
   debuted in   
Martin Beck Theatre in New York
1971 - Based on Cervantes’s “Don Quixote”
The Music Man
   debuted in   
Majestic Theatre in New York
1957 - Inspired by Meredith Wilson’s boyhood in Mason City, Iowa
My Fair Lady
   debuted in   
Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York
1956 - Based on Shaw’s “Pygmalion”
Oh, Calcutta!
   debuted in   
Eden Theatre in New York
Off-Broadway. 1969 (O quel cul t'as!) Stood for “Oh, what an ass you have!” The performers were nude
Oklahoma
   debuted in   
St. James Theatre in New York
1943 - Based on Lynn Riggs’s play “Green Grow the Lilacs”
Phantom of the Opera
   debuted in   
Her Majesty’s Theatre in London
1986 - Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux
Pippin
   debuted in   
Imperial Theatre in New York
1972 - Based on the life of Pippin the Hunchback, the son of Charlemagne
The Producers
   debuted in   
St. James Theatre in New York
2001 - Broke the record for the largest single-day box office gross in theatre history
Rent
   debuted in   
Nederlander Theatre in New York
1996 - Inspired by Puccini’s “La Boheme”
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
   debuted in   
Virginia Theatre in New York
1995 - First London production was in 1996 at Prince of Wales Theatre
The Sound of Music
   debuted in   
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York
1959 - Hammerstein died nine months after the musical’s premiere
South Pacific
   debuted in   
Majestic Theatre in New York
1949 - Based on Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific"
Spamalot
   debuted in   
Shubert Theatre in New York
2005 - Based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
Sunset Boulevard
   debuted in   
Adelphi Theatre in London
1993 - Based on the 1950’s film of the same title
Urinetown
   debuted in   
Henry Miller's Theatre in New York
2001 - A parody of Broadway musicals
Wicked
   debuted in   
George Gershwin Theatre in New York
2003 - Book by Winnie Holzman


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