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By the mid-Seventies, theatre in the U.S. and Canada was virtually dead

Photo caption: A Chorus Line was one of the first truly technical shows, and IA members found themselves challenged to learn new skills. A Chorus Line ran for 15 years and 6,137 performances.

Source: National Archives

The only successful shows seemed to come from off-Broadway, although these often transferred uptown after becoming a hit, thus expanding work for IA stagehands.  One example of this new trend was the award-winning That Championship Season.  Touring companies of past hits continued to provide work in such shows as Godspell and Applause.

The shows that were successful in mid-decade relied on well-designed and imaginative sets executed by IA craftsmen.  One such show was Chicago, which had an art-deco set with translucent columns showing vaudeville scenes and a band that performed on stage from the rear.  Another was On the Twentieth Century, which relied on sets, props, lighting and sound to recreate the sensation of being on board the beautiful old train.