American musical theater has a great and varied history. According to the website musicals101 At the start of the 20th Century, America was in the full glory of its cultural adolescence, bursting with energy and optimism. London was still the theatrical capital of the world, but New York was gaining fast in clout, sophistication and size. As of 1900, there were thirty-three legitimate Broadway theatres, and many more would be built within the next decade to meet growing audience demand. New York's exploding population was also enjoying increased mobility. In 1904, the city opened its first underground commuter railroad lines. Thanks to these 'subways,' tens of thousands living far from the theatre district could catch a Broadway show and still sleep in their own beds. Add in the ever-increasing numbers of tourists who came into the city by rail and steamship, and it was easy to see why Broadway could now support more productions and longer runs than ever before.' We believe this magnificent and awe inspiring poster typifies the best of musical history and musical posters. Helena Dyas Lasky - an auburn haired, small-waisted beauty must have had a show of her own or starred in someone else's production - no information is available on her. The artist C. Zander (Berlin) is also an unknown, although the Star Printing Office is a known American printing house which was popular at the turn of the century. The poster is in very good condition and measures roughly 31 x 81 inches, mounted on linen.
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