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LES MISERABLES

On March 12, 1987: The Broadway musical Les Miserables opened at The Broadway Theater for more than 4,000 performances. The $4.5 million production had more than $4 million in advance sales prior to its opening. The musical was scheduled to close in March 2003, but it was postponed until May due to public interest, making it the second longest-running Broadway musical after Cats. In 2012, it was adapted into a Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film of the same name.




HELEN HAYES THEATER

On March 12, 1912: The Helen Hayes Theater opened at 240 W. 44th Street. It was initially known as Little Theater because it is the smallest theater on Broadway with 597 seats. In 1983, the theater was named after Helen Hayes when the actress’ existing namesake theater on 46th Street was demolished.

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SPITZER RESIGNS

On March 12, 2008: New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after reports surfaced that he was a client of a high-end prostitution ring. By resigning, Spitzer lost his status as a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic nomination for President. David Paterson succeeded him on March 17, 2008.

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