Friday, May 23, 2008

Today In History; Abie's Irish Rose Opens

1992: Abie’s Irish Rose, one of the most popular American plays of all time, opened at the the Fulton Theatre in New York City. Its simple story of how the marriage of a Jewish boy and an Irish Catholic girl inspires first anger then tolerance in their respective families struck a chord with audiences witnessing a flood of new immigrants and the problems resulting from prejudice. The play continued for 2,327 performances and numerous revivals as well. It is estimated that some fifty million people have seen the play performed somewhere in the world.

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