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On March 5, 1974: The operetta Candide opened at the Broadway Theater for 740 performances, starring Mark Baker, Maureen Brennan, and Sam Freed. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein, and the show was based on Voltaire’s novella. Although it was unsuccessful at its premiere, the play has achieved enormous popularity.

Voltaire Author Philosopher

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On March 5, 1750: The Shakespearean play King Richard III was performed in New York City. It played at the Theater on Nassau Street, and was the first Shakespearean play to be presented in America.

The Richard III Society Reveal A Facial Reconstruction Of Richard III

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