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Canada finally has Broadway hit

July 26, 2006|From Newsday

The really huuuge news: "The Drowsy Chaperone" is the longest-running Canadian musical ever to play Broadway. The disclaimer: It didn't have much competition.

On Thursday, the send-up of flapper-era fluffery will play its 100th performance. That puts it solidly ahead of the only other two Canadian musicals ever to play the Great White Way: "Billy Bishop Goes to War," a two-character musical co-produced by Mike Nichols that had 12 performances at the Morosco Theatre in 1980, and "Rockabye Hamlet," which ran for just four nights at the Minskoff in 1976.

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