From the Bruce Levy Collection
Notes by John Kenrick
All these postcards come from the personal archive of Bruce
Levy, a dedicated theatre lover and longtime friend of Musicals101.com.
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|These postcards depict artwork in The New Amsterdam Theatre as it originally appeared
|More murals from the New
Amsterdam. The half-moon shaped painting on the right appears
over the proscenium.
This souvenir postcard from Florenz Ziegfeld's hit Rio Rita
(1927). The back urges you to "let one of your friends know how much you
enjoyed Rio Rita."
is not from a musical, but what theatre buff could resist this
image of Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt
in Idiot's Delight (1936). These cards were
available free to audience members. The back reads, "Address
this card to your friend, give it to an usher. We will stamp and
Again, not a musical, but an example of how touring companies promoted
themselves in the 1940s -- in this case, a Life With Father
cast headed by veteran screen stars Dorothy Gish and Louis
Lilo, Gwen Verdon,
and the "Apache Dancers" are featured in this promotional postcard for the original
Broadway cast of Cole Porter's Can Can (1953).
Porter's last Broadway musical,
Silk Stockings (1955) with Hildegarde Neff,
Don Ameche and busty Gretchen Wyler leading the underdressed
ladies of the ensemble in a rendition of "Josephine."