Detail of Walnut Street Theater playbill for Jim Crow Benefit, starring Thomas "Daddy" Rice, February 27, 1833.
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Jim Crow Benefit and Last Appearance Dan Rice, 2/27/33.

Credit: The Library Company of Philadelphia

For close to 200 years, the Walnut Street Theatre has been hosting great performers, including Thomas "Daddy" Rice, who sometime around 1830 blackened his face, danced a jig while singing "Jump Jim Crow," and gave birth to the American minstrel show. In the 1900s, the Walnut Street hosted numerous pre-Broadway tryouts, including A Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando (1947), Gigi, starring Audrey Hepburn (1951), and A Raisin in the Sun, with Sidney Poitier (1959).

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