Ken Murrays Blackouts c.1945
Ken Murray’s Blackouts, the longest running variety revue in the history of American theater. Ken Murray started theater goers laughing on June 24, 1942 when the Blackouts first opened at the El Capitan Theater on Vine Street.
In addition to the many variety acts, Murray opened his show with his “Glamour Lovelies”, many of whom later became stars in their own right Rhonda Fleming, Cara Williams and Mary Ford. During the seven years, two months and three days that the show ran, it played 3,844 performances, entertained 4,693,524 patrons, employed 1,456 persons and helped to launch more that one hundred performers on their way to stardom