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
 

Leyzer Nussenbaum
(Louis Nussbaum)
 

 

Born on 13 April 1882 in a village near Zbrutsh, on the Russian-Austrian border. Father -- was ordained into the rabbinate, became a gabai in Memdus for the Chortkow rabbi. Baruch Schorr heard the nine-year-old young boy sinag "Hmbdil" and took him in as a choir boy. After supervising him for several years, N. took to wandering and at the age of eighteen, he arrived in Canada.

Here he sang as a tenor with Cantor Zingman in Winnipeg. Through Moshe Triler he became excited about Yiddish theatre, debuting as "Akhisufl" in Goldfaden's "Dos tsente gebot", and soon thereafter he began to act in the main singing roles in Goldfaden's "Bar Kochba", "Shulamis" and in other Yiddish operetta repertoire.

Later he became manager of the specially built "Queens Theatre", and brought therein during the summer time to guest-star, several "stars", such as Keni Lipzin, Jacob P. Adler, David Kessler, Boris Thomashefsky, Regina Prager, Rudolf Schildkraut et al. And during the winter time -- New York's actors with small names, and also at the same time actors for Ukrainian productions.

1916-1917 -- N. was engaged to act with the American actress Mae West in English in the play "Diamond Lil", and he toured with her across America until 1930. Then he returned to the theatre in a "range" of birds (eufus), but after the economic crash he came back to New York and toured for six years with various Yiddish troupes and stars across the province, also with lectures about combined food.

1935 G. purchased a "boarding house" in the mountains around New York, later a "rooming house" in New York, but in 1948 everything abandoned, and until 1951 he again toured across America with Mae West in the same play.

In the last years, N. settled in Los Angeles.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2134.
 

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