1 online resource (327 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Museum of the City of New York, March 9July 31, 2016.
"Featuring images from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research".
Includes bibliographical references (pages 316-320) and index.
In the early decades of the twentieth century, a vibrant theatrical culture took shape on New York City's Lower East Side. Original dramas, comedies, musicals, and vaudeville, along with sophisticated productions of Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Chekhov, were innovatively staged for crowds that rivaled the scene on Broadway. While these productions were in Yiddish and catered to Eastern European Jewish audiences (the largest immigrant group in the city at the time), their artistic and aesthetic creations and their play with politics and history came to influence all facets of the American stage. Vividly illustrated and with contributions from leading historians and critics, this history recounts in absorbing detail the heyday of "Yiddish Broadway" and its vital contribution to American Jewish life and its crossover to American culture. Performances grappled with Jewish nationalism, labor relations, women's rights, religious observance, acculturation, and assimilation. They reflected a range of genres, from tear-jerkers to experimental theater, and introduced American audiences to avant-garde dramatic technique.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 25, 2016).
From the Bowery to Broadway
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