Your showtune for January 5 is

“I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” – The Pirates of Penzance

Music: Arthur Sullivan   Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert

On the first fifth of the year, this delightful patter song is in honor of a first at the Fifth.  Though now demolished, the Fifth Avenue Theatre in NYC proved it was the very model of a modern major theatre when it presented the world premiere of this comic opera in 1879.  In fact, just a few years prior, the Fifth Avenue became the first theatre in the world to have air conditioning.

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