What would a musical be without its dancers? A saying (of unknown authorship) has been cited in print since at least 1928:
“A musical comedy with good legs ought to have a long run.”
17 January 1928, The Daily Northwesterm (Evanston, IL), “Acorns,” pg. 2, col. 2:
THEY DON’T ALL WEAR STOCKINGS.
A musical comedy with good legs ought to have a long run.
The Reader’s Digest
A musical comedy must have good legs for a long run (Jersey City Journal).
2 August 1954, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Little Liz” comic strip, pg. 5-B, col. 4:
In order to have a long run, a musical comedy must have a lot of good legs.
17 February 1977, Evansville (IN) Courier, “Scram-lets,” pg. 29, col. 7:
Another thing a musical comedy must have for a long run is GOOD LEGS.
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
Another thing a musical comedy must have for a long run is good legs.
New York City • Music/Dance/Theatre/Film • Friday, November 13, 2015 • Permalink