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January 30: Two Giants of Broadway

Two giants of Broadway share this date in 1928 as birthdays: producer and director Harold (Hal) Prince, who has won a record 21 Tony Awards (eight for directing) for such shows as The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pacific Overtures, Company, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and numerous others; […]

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May 15: The Yiddish Fred Astaire

Actor and dancer Leo Fuchs, lifelong star of the Yiddish theater, creator of the famous song “Trouble,” and a star in the original Broadway production of Cabaret, was born to a theatrical family in Warsaw on this date in 1911. “Fuchs’s specialty,” writes Bernard Mendelovitch in The Independent, “was comedy and when he commenced his […]

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April 11: The Master of Ceremonies

Joel Grey (Joel David Katz), who danced and sang to international stardom as the Master of Ceremonies in the 1966 Broadway production of Cabaret, was born to a show-biz family — his father was the “novelty song” musician Mickey Katz — in Cleveland on this date in 1932. Grey has won the Academy Award, the […]

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Daniel Cainer’s Bad Rabbi and Adulterous Parents

by Lawrence Bush Gilbert and Sullivan themselves could not have outdone British cabaret artist Daniel Cainer’s talent for compressing narrative, rhyme, emotion, and wit into songs, as displayed in his tremendously entertaining (if inadequately titled) one-man show, “Jewish Chronicles.” Cainer sits behind a Yamaha piano (its logo altered to read “Yamalka”), projects a few images […]

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