Leading Lady gave our students a peek into the birth of Broadway and the show that is credited with the making of the modern musical, The Black Crook.
Leading Lady is set against the backdrop of the legend of the accidental making of The Black Crook in 1866 at Niblo’s Garden, the Radio City Music Hall of its time. A French ballet company, stranded in New York joins forces with a failing production of a Faustian melodrama to create an extravagant, long-running musical spectacle that introduced the modern notion of the way audiences think of “Broadway” today. The story is centred on the rebirth of Sallie St. Clair, a once popular actress who transcends her own personal interests to stop the shutdown of a dysfunctional production. It is a story of transformation and survival, and the privilege of a life in the theatre.