Jewish Women on the Map - Jardin de Paris
Fanny Brice made her debut with the Zeigfeld Follies at the Jardin de Paris, the rooftop garden performing space atop the New York Theatre at this address on June 20, 1910. She appeared in the role of Miss Pansy Perkins, singing “Lovey Joe” which critics referred to as “one of the biggest hits of the performance.” The New York Times review remarked on "her eccentric facial expression and queer vocal interpolations." The Follies of 1910 also featured the Follies debut of comedian Bert Williams, marking the first time an African American performer was the headliner in an otherwise white Broadway show. The site of this double debut of American stage legends is now the flagship store of Toys "R" Us.
To learn more about Fanny Brice, visit Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia and Making Trouble.