The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents Laden with Happiness and Tears: Yiddish Theatre In America, A Presentation by John Kenrick, author of Musical Theatre: A History and creator of Musicals101.com, on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 2 PM. Admission is $10 members, $12 non-members.
Jews did not partake in world theater until the Yiddish movement (born in Eastern Europe) became popular with immigrants in the United States. With rare photos, performance videos, and fascinating backstage stories, historian John Kenrick offers a warm, entertaining celebration of the rich legacy that still reverberates in every corner of show business today.
A native New Yorker, John Kenrick worked for many years in professional theatre, serving as a personal assistant to six Tony Award winning producers. Creator of the popular educational website Musicals101.com, he pulls back the curtain on the history of show business as only an insider can. Kenrick has discussed theatre on television and radio, including PBS, the BBC, and NPR. His book Musical Theatre: A History has just been released in a revised 10th anniversary edition, and Publishers Weekly calls it “the go-to text on this subject.” Kenrick has taught at The New School University, The Philadelphia University of the Arts, and NYU’s Steinhardt School. He is uniquely qualified to tell us how musicals get to Broadway.
This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit jhmomc.org/events. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.