Those attending the grand opening of the 1,600-seat Shubert Theater on Dec. 11, 1914, would especially remember comedian Sam Bernard singing "Who Paid the Rent for Mrs. Rip Van Winkle When Rip Van Winkle was Away?"
The show was "The Belle of Bond Street" and for two bits you could see it all from the second balcony
The show has recently played Broadway and established the New York-New Haven connection that would continue for the next century, as the theater became "the birthplace of the Nation's hits." Its evidence was the 600 pre-Broadway try-outs, 300 world premieres and 60 American premieres.
Two years after the theater opened, Al...