Study Guide: Dance in Musicals
by John Kenrick
Verdon and company are seen doing Michael Kidd's acclaimed dances on this
postcard for the original Broadway production of Can Can (1954), a
musical named for an inspired by a once-forbidden French cabaret dance
From The Black Crook (1866) and Broadway Melody (1928) to the latest
hits, dance has played a central role in the history of stage and screen musicals. In
response to the requests of many site visitors, we offer this introductory overview.