FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-118 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 8, 2022) – In Issue 2022-118 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit the history of musical follies in NYC.

GIVING A PERFORMANCE IS THE LEAST OF THEIR WORRIES

The Ziegfeld Follies opened in New York City on this day in 1907, presenting elaborate theatrical productions into the 1930s.

These musical revues paved the way for the Broadway musical as we know it today.

The Follies began as a summer entertainment and became so popular that the annual production became the main event of the Broadway season. 

The costumes, the stage settings, and “the most beautiful girls in the world” became a stellar spectacle that launched the careers of Barbara Stanwyck, Gypsy Rose Lee, Billie Burke, and Josephine Baker.  If you are a certain age, you may well recognize these names.

Here is birds-eye view of Manhattan by Freedman from 1933.

Birds eye view of Manhattan – 1933 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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