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Dreamlike, a Barnyard Fantasy

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Back in 1911, one of the most talked-about Broadway roles was played by a woman dressed as a rooster, and now you can revisit the surreal staging with recently digitized photographs from the Museum of the City of New York.

The Museum of the City of New York has taken on digitizing over 30,000 images of more than 5,000 Broadway shows from their theater production archives.

These selection of photos display a 1911 Broadway production of Chantecler. The show features only animal characters, centering on a rooster named Chantecler who believes his morning song brings the dawn. A pheasant in the forest attempts to win his love, but his heart ends up staying with the farm.

The show was wildly popular with the public, touring to 60 cities outside New York.

Compilation from Hyperallergic

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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