Jews on Broadway
An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers, 2d ed.
About the Book
Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken, Stephen Sondheim—Jewish performers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and producers have made an indelible mark on Broadway for more than a century. Award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane chronicles the emergence of Jewish American theater, from immigrants producing Yiddish plays in the ghettos of New York’s Lower East Side to legendary performers staging massive shows on Broadway.
In its expanded second edition, this historical survey includes new information and photographs, along with insights and anecdotes from a life in the theater.
About the Author(s)
Stewart F. Lane
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction: Setting the Stage 3
1. Immigration, Yiddish Theater and Building Broadway 7
2. Part of the Melting Pot: From Vaudeville to Broadway 28
3. The Music of Broadway: Classic Composers, Legendary
4. Group Theater, Acting Teachers and Life During Wartime 68
5. From Communism to the Catskills 92
6. Jewish Themes, Legends and Life in the 1960s and 1970s 120
7. Young Playwrights with a Message, Inflation, Disney and Me 158
8. The New Millennium Sees Broadway Breakthroughs:
Veterans and Newcomers 184
Chapter Notes 217
Further Reading 221
Book Reviews & Awards
Reviews of the first edition: “Well informed…the roster of Jews in the theater is extensive and Lane’s own experience plus his research have enabled him to do a fine job of identifying their significant contributions”—Jewish Journal (Dade County, Florida).