From The Archives: 1991 Oh, Calcutta controversy
1991 debate: Should musical with nudity be allowed at the Tivoli?
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Tivoli Foundation is at a crossroads these days.
They are still trying to survive the pandemic, while pushing a major expansion to the Tivoli Center complex.
But 30 years ago, they were in the middle of a different kind of storm.
Should the musical Oh, Calcutta be allowed at the Chattanooga theater.
The play featured rampant nudity and simulated sex acts.
Since the Tivoli was owned by the city, several officials and pundits of the day tried to block it.
And it worked.
The did NOT go on, in this case.
Our 1991 story looks at the efforts to stop the show.