The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 15, 1934

Ziegfeld Follies (presented by Mrs. Florenz ["Billie Burke"] Ziegfeld; staged by Bobby Connolly and John Murray Anderson; settings by Watson Barratt and Albert R. Johnson; songs by Billy Rose, Vernon Duke, Samuel Pokrass and Dana Suesse). Florenz Ziegfeld spent only $13,000 on his first Follies in 1907. Critic Percy Hammond called it a "loud and leering orgy of indelicacy and suggestiveness." A huge success, it began a tradition for gorgeous extravaganzas. Every year, with a mounting disdain of money, Ziegfeld put on a new edition of his Follies. After 1910 all but...

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