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Musicals

A Musical Wedding Toast: To Life!

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t Jewish; neither is his new wife, Vanessa. But the 30-year old Puerto Rican composer obviously has a taste for musicals: He’s best known for writing and starring in the popular Broadway musical In the Heights, which has won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Carolyn Leigh inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

January 1, 1985

Songwriter Carolyn Leigh, who wrote hundreds of tunes for Broadway, TV and film and was nominated for two Tony awards, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Betty Comden, 1917 - 2006

"New York, New York,
a helluva town
The Bronx is up and the Battery's down
The people ride in a hole in the ground
New York, New York, it's a helluva town."

Lyricist Betty Comden's first hit, "On the Town," opens on Broadway

December 28, 1944

Opening of the Broadway musical "On the Town," featuring the writing of librettist and lyricist Betty Comden.

Premiere of the musical "Show Boat," based on a novel by Edna Ferber

December 27, 1927

"Show Boat", based on Edna Ferber's book of the same name, premiered on Broadway. It is considered the first modern American musical.

Birth of Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields

July 15, 1904

Lyricist Dorothy Fields, who wrote the classics "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "The Way You Look Tonight," was born.

Singer Sylvia Blagman Syms dies during standing ovation

May 10, 1992

Jazz singer Sylvia Blagman Syms dies of a heart attack at age 74 while receiving a standing ovation after a performance.

The "New York Times" reports on Barbra Streisand's Broadway debut

March 23, 1962

In a review of "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," the "New York Times" declared Barbra Streisand "the evening's find."

Lyricist Dorothy Fields is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

March 8, 1971

Dorothy Fields was the only woman among the first group inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Yiddish Musical Theater in the United States

Jewish women on stage in America took on a variety of musical roles and performed all kinds of songs, including religious hymns and liturgical chants.

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