From Bowery to Broadway, New Exhibition Will Explore History of New York's Yiddish Theatre

News   From Bowery to Broadway, New Exhibition Will Explore History of New York's Yiddish Theatre
 
The Museum of the City of New York will present New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, an exhibition that will document the growth of Yiddish theatre culture in Manhattan. The exhibition is set to feature material donated by the family of Tony-winning scenic designer Boris Aronson, whose Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof and The Diary of Anne Frank.

New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway opens March 9, 2016.

"From the late 19th to the mid- 20th century, a thriving Yiddish theater culture blossomed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, entertaining over 1.5 million first and second generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants," states a description of the event on the MCNY website.

"Second Avenue became the 'Yiddish Broadway,' where audiences of new New Yorkers celebrated their culture and learned about urban life in the city via cutting-edge dramas, musical comedies, and avant-garde political theater. As stars of the Yiddish stage gained mainstream popularity, New York’s Yiddish theater became an American phenomenon. This legacy resonates today through enduring dramatic themes, classic New York humor, and a large crop of crossover actors, directors, and designers who found work on the mainstream New York stage and in Hollywood."

According to the New York Times, the exhibition will feature original Fiddler on the Roof memorabilia such as Aronson's wooden set model of Tevye's home. Edna Nahshon, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and the guest curator of the exhibition, commented that no major museum survey of the subject had been presented yet. "It is a topic that begged to be dealt with," she told the Times.

New Yiddish Rep is currently staging Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman Off-Broadway entirely in the mamaloschen; click here for more information.  MCNY is located at 1220 Fifth Ave., New York. For more information visit MCNY.org or phone (212) 534-1672.

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