After 3,486 performances and eight years on Broadway, the musical "42nd Street" closed Sunday.
The show, based on the 1933 movie starring Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers, was the second longest-running musical in Broadway history, after "A Chorus Line."The music, written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, includes such classics as "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," and the title song.
"42nd Street" won the 1981 Tony Award for best musical, and its director and choreographer, Gower Champion, won a posthumous Tony for his choreography.
Champion died just hours before the opening-night performance in New York on Aug. 25, 1980. He was 59 and had a rare form of blood cancer. Few involved in putting on the musical had known of Champion's illness, and the cast and audience were not informed of his death until after the final curtain, when producer David Merrick announced it from the stage.
Merrick, now 77, has produced more than 80 Broadway shows, including "Hello, Dolly" and "Play It Again, Sam."
"42nd Street" opened with a cast of 54 that included Tammy Grimes, Jerry Orbach, Wanda Richert and Lee Roy Reams. It closed Sunday starring Elizabeth Allen, Jamie Ross, Jim Walton and Clare Leach.
Thirteen cast members had been in the show since opening night. There have been six marriages within the company and six babies born.
The musical played at three theaters: The Winter Garden, the Majestic and most recently, the St. James on 44th Street.