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By On This Day in NYC's History

BROADWAY NOT SO FUNNY ANYMORE

On August 12th, 1972: The Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum closed after 156 performances. Inspired by the Roman author Plautus’ funnier manuscripts, the show chronicles the hilariously desperate attempts of Pseudolus, a slave, to gain his freedom. The revival was a hit but had to be stopped short after Phil Silvers (who played Pseudolus) suffered a stroke. The production still won two Tony Awards.

NO MORE WHOOPEE!

On August 12th, 1979: A revival of the 1928 musical Whoopee! closed on Broadway. The zany comedy tells the story of an unlucky-in-love interracial couple in rural California; he is part-Native American and she is not. Both the original production and the revival were well received by critics, garnering both a Drama Desk and a Tony nomination.

BORN ON THIS DAY: KID CREOLE

On August 12th, 1950: Kid Creole (aka Thomas August Darnell Browder) was born in the Bronx. A childhood spent in the melting pot that is the Bronx exposed Kid Creole to all different kinds of music, an influence that can be seen in his eclectic and multicultural style. Bowder adopted his stage name in 1980 (inspired by the Elvis film of the same name) and establish his band, Kid Creole and the Coconuts with which he tours.

Featured Image Courtesy of Al Hirschfeld

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