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February 23, 2019

Beautiful Behind-the-Scenes Photos of 'Bloomer Girl' Musical at the Cleveland Play House, Ohio in 1953

Bloomer Girl is a 1944 Broadway musical with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, and a book by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy, based on an unpublished play by Lilith and Dan James.

The plot concerns independent Evelina Applegate, a hoop skirt manufacturer's daughter who defies her father by rejecting hoopskirts and embracing comfortable bloomers advocated by her aunt "Dolly" Bloomer, who was inspired by the women's rights advocate Amelia Bloomer. The American Civil War is looming, and abolitionist Evelina refuses to marry suitor Jeff Calhoun until he frees his slave, Pompey.

These beautiful kodachromes were found by Jordan Smith that show the behind the scenes of Bloomer Girl musical played at the Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1953.



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