A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 13, 2015
“A musical comedy must have good legs for a long run”

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.
Allyne.

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 60
1952
Pg. 22:
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.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 732:
Another thing a musical comedy must have for a long run is good legs. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film/Circus • Friday, November 13, 2015 • Permalink