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

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

February 6: Amid the glitter of the season came Rugantino, a “Roman musical spectacle” imported by producer Alexander H. Cohen and performed entirely in Italian. A huge hit in its native Italy, Rugantino was the first new musical to open at the old Mark Hellinger Theatre since My Fair Lady. It lasted not quite a month. Nevertheless, of all the shows on this list, it is the only one that is celebrating its golden anniversary with a return engagement in New York, June 12-14 at City Center.