Was 1964 Broadway's Greatest Year for Musicals? Dolly, Fiddler, Funny Girl and Other Groundbreakers

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

September 30: The Vietnam War was just beginning to simmer for the U.S., but memories of the Blitz were still fresh in the minds of Londoners who had made a great hit of Joan Littlewood’s antiwar satire musical Oh! What a Lovely War, which used World War I pop tunes like “Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag,” “The Bells Of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" and “Keep the Home Fires Burning” to contrast with the bitter horror of battle. New Yorkers didn’t quite get the show’s black comedy sensibility, and it stayed for just 125 performances.