Molly Picon (1898-1992) was one of the biggest stars of Yiddish Broadway, the name give a theatre-lined stretch of lower Second Avenue during the first half of the 20th century. Petite and impish, she specialized in comedic fare and attracted a wide following. She starred in countless Yiddish plays, as well as "Yiddle With His Fiddle," one of the most famous Yiddish films ever made. As her career progressed, she became known primarily for smothering mother "yente" types. Picon occasionally crossed over into the mainstream culture, notably in Jerry Herman's musical Milk and Honey, and the Hollywood films "Come Blow Your Horn" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Casting is yet to come.
The current resident of the Daryl Roth Theatre II, Ears on a Beatle, is due to close June 20.