Why do we say "Let's get the show on the road"?

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Let's get the show on the road

Meaning:

Let's get moving (with an undertone of stop wasting time)

Background:

Sources are in agreement that this show business phrase was in common use by the 1930s and perhaps originated around 1910. The earliest citation found in reference books is from James Jones' 1951 debut novel From Here to Eternity which is loosely based on his pre-WWII experience in the infantry: "Come on, come on." Prew said, "What's holding things up? Let's get this show on the road."

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