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See:BORN IN A BEER GARDEN(1930) by Christopher Morley, Cleon Throckmorton & Ogden Nash. In 1929, Morley, Throckmorton, Milliken and Gribble staged a 19th century classic in the Lyric entitled: THE BLACK CROOK. In 1867, Charles Dickens saw that play at Niblo’s in NY. He described it: “Niblo’s great attraction, ‘The Black Crook,’ has now been played every night for sixteen months, and is
the most preposterous peg to hang ballets on that was ever seen. The people who act in it have not the slightest idea of what it is about, and never had. … ” Dickens concluded that the Black Crook was a malignant hunchback who was trying to keep two lovers apart but was defeated by the powers of Lightness in the form of 60 Amazons.
See BORN IN A BEER GARDEN (1930) by Christopher Morley, Cleon Throckmorton and Ogden Nash.