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
 

   Bennie Zeidman
 

Born on 12 December 1886 in Teplik, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.

His father was a cantor.

As a youth Z. sung with the cantor Avrahamele Talner and Zeydl Rovner and later with Yankl Siroker in Uman.

He left his parents at a young age and went to London, and at the age of seventeen he became the choir conductor for Cantor Lipshitz in the great Cannon Street Synagogue.

At the same time Z. sung in the chorus in the afternoon Sabbath productions of Yiddish theatre, later he acted in small roles.

His first role was "Der vekhter" in Goldfaden's "Bar kochba" under Treitler's direction.

In 1906 he came to America, S. joined up with Schwartz in Philadelphia in the Columbia Theatre, and later he played several seasons of vaudeville in New York.

In 1914 Z. acted in the Lenox Theatre as an amateur; later he went over to the Grand Theatre and National Theatre, where he acted until 1930 as a character-actor.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 770.
 

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