Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Sam Blum
(Aleksander)
 

 

B. was born on 15 July 1882 in Lemberg, Eastern Galicia. His father was a hat maker. He learned in a cheder, Talmud Torah and folkshul. In his early youth he worked with a room painter and at the same time sang with cantors.

At the age of fifteen he entered into the chorus of Gimpel's troupe, and after several months crossed over to Axelrad in the Galician province, where B. already had the possibility of acting in singing roles and he debuted in Kolomea in the middle role of the operetta "Bustnoy", then he traveled again across the Galician province.

Due to military service B. emigrated in 1899 and went to America and performed in New York's Windsor Theatre as "Bar Kochba", but due to the hardship of acting, B. withdrew for several years to the stage and continued in his painting profession, then he entered into vaudeville theatre of Aged, where he acted for several seasons, later also in various other Yiddish vaudeville houses. In 1909-10 B. acted in legitimate theatre with Ch. Nathanson at Chicago's Metropolitan Theatre, 1910-1911 with Ch. Nathanson in Chicago's Palace Theatre, 1911-12 with Regina Prager across the province until San Francisco, 1912-14 in the Lyric Theatre, Brooklyn, with Simchowitz and Saks, 1915-17 in Cleveland with Harry Bernstein, 1917-18 in New York's Grand Theatre with Louie Goldstein, 1918-21 in the Liberty Theatre with Weintraub, later with Young, 1921-22 with Gabel in the Mount Morris Theatre,

1922-23 in Chicago with Glickman, 1923-24 in Montreal, where he managed as a partner with Weissberg--Prager, 1924-9 at the National, Liberty and Pubic Theatres with Louie Goldberg.

Specialty: Father singing roles.
 

M. E.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 177.
 

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