New York's Yiddish Theater

New York's Yiddish Theater

From the Bowery to Broadway

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press in association with the Museum of the City of New York, [2016]
ISBN: 9780231176705
0231176708
Branch Call Number: 792.08992 N42095 2016
792.08992 N42095 2016
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: From the Bowery to Broadway

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