Show Business: Rebirth in Brooklyn

When the city of New York issued its visitors' map of points of interest in the early 1960s, the Brooklyn Academy of Music was nowhere to be found. Never mind that it is New York's oldest performing arts complex, founded in 1861. No matter that in its first golden age its stages presented Sarah Bernhardt in Camille, Admiral Peary showing lantern slides of his discovery of the North Pole, Anna Pavlova dancing The Dying Swan and Enrico Caruso giving one of his final operatic performances. Changing times had made the Academy as outdated as...

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