The Great Ziegfeld 1936
Described by The New York Times as one of “New York’s pioneering feminist institutions,” and “Broadway’s best kept secret,” The Ziegfeld Club is among the first not-for-profits in the Broadway community. Founded in 1936 by Billie Burke in honor of her late husband Florenz Ziegfeld musical theater impresario and producer of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. The organization was originally formed to provide help to Ziegfeld Girls who had fallen on hard times. As all of the Ziegfeld Girls have now passed away, the Ziegfeld Club’s mission remains to help women of today’s musical theatre.
For decades The Ziegfeld Club hosted the spectacular Ziegfeld Ball, a prestigious Broadway gala that annually crowned a star of the stage as “Miss Ziegfeld.” Honorary Miss Ziegfelds include Barbara Streisand, Angela Lansbury, and Bebe Neuwirth. A re-launch of the Ziegfeld Ball is planned for the spring of 2016 to commemorate the 80th diamond jubilee of the organization and to celebrate women in musical theatre.
Additionally, the Ziegfeld Club has preserved exciting theater history in their treasured archives that include original programs, sheet music, personal correspondence and costumes, as well as portraits of Ziegfeld Girls.
Today the Ziegfeld Club is expanding its legacy of helping women in the theatre by establishing The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award which will be given to an emerging, female composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theatre composition.
The New Amsterdam Theatre 1918
From 1913 – 1927 The New Amsterdam Theatre in the heart of Times Square was the primary location of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. After the Great Depression the theatre fell into disrepair and was abandoned for decades until Disney Theatrical acquired it in 1995. After a $34 million renovation the theatre was restored to its original glamor. The lobby remains devoted to the Ziegfeld Follies with life-size portraits of Ziegfeld headliners.