10 Musicals You Didn't Know Were Based on a True(ish) Story
Everything that happened in the Broadway show and subsequent film - the wife shooting her lover, the husband hiring a hot-shot attorney, the fake pregnancy for sympathy - actually happened in real-life in 1924 (in guess what city?). The only difference was less singing. And, oh, yeah, the lead didn't go on to vaudeville fame and fortune. She died in a mental institution four years later. Give 'em the old razzle-dazzle!