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On October 15th, 1913, The Playhouse Theater, located in the luxurious Hotel DuPont, first opened its doors. Known then and now as “Delaware’s Broadway Experience”, the theater was originally a venue for previewing new shows which were on their way to Broadway in New York City.  The first show was a battle-of-the-sexes comedy entitled Bought and Paid For. Ticket prices ranged from .25 cents in the gallery to $2.00 in the orchestra. The Playhouse is known today as The Playhouse on Rodney Square. Numerous well known Broadway shows are presented regularly in this beautiful hub of live entertainment. Later this month, The Playhouse will showcase the 20th Anniversary Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Rent.



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The year is 1956. The President is Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Japan joins the United Nations. The Flag of the United States Army is formally dedicated.  A crisis in the Middle East erupts over the Suez Canal. Nikita Khrushchev makes his infamous remark “We Will Bury You” at a reception of the Polish embassy in Moscow.  Fidel Castro and Che Guevara leave Mexico bound for Cuba.  Elvis Presley hits the U.S. music charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel. Marylyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller are married. Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano retires undefeated. Read more




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