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Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers [Paperback]

by Stewart F. Lane
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February 24, 2011 0786459174 978-0786459179
From Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern to Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken and Tony Kushner, Jewish performers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and producers have made an indelible mark on Broadway for more than a century. This historical volume captures the story of the Jewish emergence from immigrants in ghettos staging Yiddish productions on New York's Lower East Side to their significant social and cultural impact on the stages of Broadway. Includes insights and anecdotes from a life spent working with many of the Jewish legends of American theater.

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Stewart F. Lane is a four-time Tony Award-winning author who lives in New York City.

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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786459174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786459179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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STEWART F. LANE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stellar Productions Int'l., Inc. and Stewart F. Lane Productions, Inc., Lane is a five-time Tony award winning producer for War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as an eight-time nominee for the Broadway Productions of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Sunday in the Park with George (revival), Fiddler on the Roof (revival) starring Alfred Molina, Gypsy (revival) starring Bernadette Peters, 1776 (revival), The Goodbye Girl starring Martin Short, and Woman of the Year starring Lauren Bacall. Other productions include Cyrano De Bergerac starring Kevin Kline, Legally Blonde, Wait Until Dark starring Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei, Enro, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, A Street Car Named Desire and many more. Current Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde and Iriving Berlin's Top Hat in the West End. In all, he has been nominated for 11 Tony awards, and has been nominated for and received numerous other industry awards including four Drama Desk Awards, a Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Circle Critics Award, and a Drama League Award. Mr. Lane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Stellar Productions International, Inc. and Stewart F. Lane Productions, Inc. Mr. Lane is co-owner of the legendary Palace Theatre on Broadway with the Nederlander Organization and a partner in the Tribeca Grill with Robert De Niro.

Expanding into film and television he has produced the documentaries Of Horse & Man narrated by Glenn Close, Show Business: The Road to Broadway. Movies have included: The Dog Who Saved Halloween, A Christmas Wedding Tail, A Nanny for Christmas, Stolen Child, Wyatt Earps Revenge starring Val Kilmer, and Brooklyn Rules starring Alec Baldwin and Freddy Prinze Jr. Also, he helped bring New York Philharmonic's presentation of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Jon Cryer, and Martha Plimpton to theaters. Television includes the Broadway Production of Company Starring Raul Esperaza, and Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner for Great Performances on PBS.

Mr. Lane has written the critically acclaimed "Jews on Broadway" (McFarland Publishers), "Let's Put on a Show," which is also on DVD, and the plays In The Wings (published in the spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), If It Was Easy (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and A Moment In Time (with music and lyrics by John Denver) which he was awarded The 2011 John Denver Spirit Award for his work. He will also release a new book in 2013 called "Black on Broadway. He has directed extensively with productions of The Foreigner, The Gig, Ain't Misbehavin', If It Was Easy, The Golden Age, Frankenstein, Final Appeal with Chaz Palminteri and Stephen Baldwin, and In the Wings with Shannen Doherty.

Mr. Lane is on the Board of Trustees of The Actor's Fund of America. Mr. Lane served on the Board of Governors of The Broadway League for eleven years and still remains a member of the League. He is on The Board of Advisors for The American Theater Wing and previously The Times Square Group. Mr. Lane is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Theatre Museum. Representing former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Mr. Lane served on the Board of Directors at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center and the Transitional Committee where appointed both the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Commissioner of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting.
Mr. Lane, along with his wife Bonnie, have been honored with the following awards: Drama League of New York's Benefit Gala honoree, Arts Horizons Paul Newman Award, Actors Fund Medal of Honor, Director of Humane Letters from Five Towns College, The Friars Club Sunshine Committee Award, The Child Development Center of the Hamptons Reach for The Stars Award, Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, The Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award, a Telly Award, The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Western Heritage Wrangler Award, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Award, and others.

Giving back to the theater community, Mr. Lane has created scholarship funds at Columbia University Business Graduate School, and Boston University College of Fine Arts Undergraduate School, (B.F.A) as well as provided major support to the University of Massachusetts, Emerson College, and Fiorello H. La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. Mr. Lane is a graduate of the Boston University College of Fine Arts.

He resides with his wife in New York City with his 5 beautiful children, Eliana, Harlyn, Leah, Leonard & Franklin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all theater lovers! June 12, 2013
This is a marvelous book for anyone who appreciates the impact of the Jewish culture on Broadway. From Yiddish Theater to Vaudeville to the great composers like Irving Berlin and the Gershwin brothers to Alan Menkin, who helped bring Disney to Broadway, this book is a who's who of Jewish legends. I also liked the fact the book touched on Jewish life throughout the decades as the Jewish immigrants assimilated into American culture. Very informative and enjoyable.
A must read for all Jewish theater lovers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and Informative January 29, 2013
By Alyssa
I found "Jews on Broadway" to be a very informative book on the impact of the Jewish community on modern Theater. It chronicles the Jewish contribution all the way from the beginnings of Yiddish Theater to recent and still running shows like Avenue Q and Wicked. It is a very good research tool and a good read for anyone who is interested in or studying Theater.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money or the time and effort to order. January 3, 2012
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I ordered this as a gift without any wrapping; however, the book arrived with the bill. Actually, this was a good thing as the book looked as if it should have cost $5.00-$10.00. I was embarrassed. I have bought other paperbacks that were lovely,and they were appropriate to give as gifts. This was not the case for a $45.00 book. I am sorry I gave it as a gift. I would really give it zero stars, but that is not an option.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but no pictures January 30, 2012
By Mac
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This book was a gift and as it was a special order, I didn't see it in advance. Was very disappointed that there were NO pictures included.
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