Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers

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From Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern to Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken and Tony Kushner, Jewish performers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and producers have made an indelible mark on Broadway for more than a century. This historical volume captures the story of the Jewish emergence from immigrants in ghetto living conditions staging Yiddish Theater productions on New York's Lower East Side to their significant social and cultural impact on the stages of Broadway. Includes insights and ...

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Overview

From Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern to Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken and Tony Kushner, Jewish performers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and producers have made an indelible mark on Broadway for more than a century. This historical volume captures the story of the Jewish emergence from immigrants in ghetto living conditions staging Yiddish Theater productions on New York's Lower East Side to their significant social and cultural impact on the stages of Broadway. Includes insights and anecdotes from a life spent working with many of the Jewish legends of American theater.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786459179
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2011
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 872,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Lane

Stewart F. Lane is a five-time Tony Award-winning author who lives in New York City. Visit his website at mrbroadway.com .

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction: Setting the Stage 3

1 Immigration, Yiddish Theater and Building Broadway 7

2 Part of the Melting Pot: From Vaudeville to Broadway 30

3 The Music of Broadway: Classic Composers, Legendary Lyricists 47

4 Group Theater, Acting Teachers and Life During Wartime 71

5 From Communism to the Catskills 94

6 Jewish Themes, Legends and Life in the 1960s and 1970s 119

7 Young Playwrights with a Message, Inflation, Disney and Me 149

8 The New Millennium Sees Broadway Breakthroughs: Veterans and Newcomers 176

Epilogue 195

Chapter Notes 197

Bibliography 199

Further Reading 203

Index 207

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Jews on Broadway is a great look into the world of Broadway by

    Jews on Broadway is a great look into the world of Broadway by also giving a historical view on the Jewish Community in the theater. If you are fan of the theater & also want some great history this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    "Jews on Broadway" chronicles the Jewish contribution

    "Jews on Broadway" chronicles the Jewish contribution to the world of theater all the way from the beginnings of Yiddish Theater to recent and still running shows like Avenue Q and Wicked. I thought it was a very informative book on the impact of the Jewish culture in this particular industry. It is a very good research tool and a good read for anyone who is interested in or studying Theater.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    what a disappointment!

    For this outrageously priced book (no usual B&N discounts offered), I expected an attractive, illustrated coffee table-type book. What I got instead was a small, 200+ page book with brief 1-to-2 paragraph entries for a variety of commonly known Jewish performers and other contributors to the Broadway theater. NO photos or illustrations. Most of the information in this book can be obtained just as easily from Wikipedia or a variety of other online websites. What a disappointment! I am returning it for a full refund.

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