In 1928 the musical comedy Whoopee! premiered on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical ran for a little under a year, and it introduced the timeless classic Love Me Or Leave Me, which has been covered dozens of times over nearly a century. The show also introduced the song Makin' Whoopie - equally timeless and covered countless times. Makin' Whoopie is performed in the Broadway production by Eddie Cantor, who was known as "Banjo Eyes" because of his eye-rolling antics. Cantor first appeared on Vaudeville when he was 15-years old, and he became a popular singer and actor who was familiar on film and radio. He also wrote a few songs, including Merrily We Roll Along and the Merrie Melodies cartoon theme. Cantor had just finished a ten year run on Broadway with Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 when Whoopee opened with praises from the critics. In 1930 Cantor starred a the movie version of Whoopee, the role that started his career as a leading Hollywood actor.
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