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

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

February 4: Stage legend Josephine Baker returned to Broadway with a revue of her work titled Josephine Baker and Company, offered a revue of her work, showing she still had “it” at age 57. The singer and dancer who had starred in both the Paris Folies Bergère and the Broadway Ziegfeld Follies was known for her erotic dances in the 1920s La Revue Nègre in her adopted homeland of France. She was never accepted with the same fervor in her native U.S.A., which had barred her from entering the country for most of the decade before this show. As a footnote, this engagement, which lasted 24 performances, had lighting design by Michael Price, who would, in 1968, take the helm of Goodspeed Opera House and steer it to a multiple Tony-winning career.