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William Siegel's

"MY LITTLE MOLLY"

(Mayn Malkele)


CAST PHOTO FROM "MY MALKELE (MY LITTLE MOLLY)"
Public Theatre
New York, New York
Opened 15 September 1937

If you can identify any of the above performers, please contact me at steve@museumoffamilyhistory.com .

From the New York Times Review by William Schack, dated 20 September 1937:

"After seeing, and entertaining, the world for the last two years, Miss Molly Picon made her re-appearance in town at the Public Theatre on Saturday night in a new play 'My Malkele,' which is only another and more affectionate way of saying Molly.

Once more Molly Picon displays her charming mimicry of ghetto types, her easy mastery of song and stage, her gracious withdrawal from the spotlight when it is not intended to be focused on her. There is no disputing her position as First Lady of Second Avenue: no competitors are around..."

One of the songs in this play sung by Aron Lebedeff was "You Taste It and It's Good." According to the reviewer, this was one of the bright spots in Abe Ellstein's score, and when performed it nearly "stopped the show."

 

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Mayn Malkele".

The cast of the play included Molly Picon, Araon Lebedeff, Lucy Levin, Gertie Bulman, Jacob Sussanoff, Tillie Rabinowitz, Hymie Prisant and Sam Josephson.

Photo, left: Aaron Lebedeff and Molly Picon.
Photo, above: Molly Picon in center, with umbrella.

 

 

 

 




Photograph courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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