James M. (Jimmy) Nederlander, Chairman of the Nederlander Organization passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016 at age 94 in Southampton, NY. A visionary theatrical impresario built one of the largest private live entertainment companies in the world.
I’ve been researching and building my ancestral family tree, focussed on the Simkin (father), Marshall (mother) families primarily, largely in Australia, South Africa, England, Canada and China. This is not a typical family tree (like most others), but rather, a family fact album, containing copies of records, photos (both people and time and place), and in some cases, extensive and interesting individual histories.
The casting director thought she was too short and too fat, and encouraged her not to audition for Jerome Robbins. But she persevered. She got the job, and stayed in the role for about 3 years. Bette Midler replaced Joanna Merlin as Tzeitel in the original Broadway production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ – and here is a video of her from the ’68 Tony’s strutting her stuff.
The following musical shows, largely non-equity Australasian tours, have performed in China with different levels of success and scale. None are Broadway in New York. Some are professional, some are not.
Santa Claus — St. Nicholas/St. Nick, or just plain Santa — his historical evolution, physics, images & budgets in proof of his existence.