Yiddish theater's evolution is focus of NYC exhibition

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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 12:26 PM
Yiddish theater's evolution is focus of NYC exhibition

NEW YORK (AP) — Second Avenue on Manhattan's Lower East Side was once nicknamed Yiddish Broadway.

An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York showcases the growth of Yiddish theater over a century from a thriving immigrant entertainment movement to its impact on Broadway.

"Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway" opened Wednesday and runs through July 31.

Visitors will learn that the theater entertained over 1.5 million first-and second-generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants. The term Second Avenue gradually also encompassed Yiddish theater in Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan.

The show spotlights its set designers and stars like Molly Picon (pih-KOHN') and Stella Adler and their crossover to Broadway and film.

It also features Zero Mostel's (mahs-TEHLZ') Tevye (TEHV'-yay) costume from "Fiddler on the Roof" and set models by Tony-winning designer Boris Aronson.