Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Louie Gilrod


G. was born on 10 September 1879 in the village Ruizna and was raised in Ulanow, Podolia Gubernia, Ukraine. He learned in a cheder and in a school.

At the age of twelve he came with his father to America. His father soon went back and G. remained with an uncle in Newark, where he entered into the lair with a hairdresser. But he did not love the profession, and he founded at the age of seventeen a dramatic club, in which he acted in the role of "Moshele" in Lateiner's "Grinhorns (Greenhorns)." He also started to write lyrics. The actors learned about him, and they brought him out to New York.

Here he became a professional lyric-writer. .Among others he also had written the very popular songs "Got un zayn mishpat iz gerekht" and "Kum israelikl aheym." (In print it was signed authors Gilrod and Meyerowitz).

Asides from the songs, G. also began to act in small roles in the Thalia and Windsor Theatres, and then he took an active part in the Yiddish vaudeville theatres, for which he wrote ten one-acters.

G. also acted for five seasons in summer theatre in the Second Avenue Theatre on call to the National Theatre, then with Schwartz at the Irving Place Theatre, in the Lyric Theatre  in Brooklyn, five seasons at the National Theatre and in 1926 in the Public Theatre.

Due to illness, G. has since withdrawn from the stage, but he has continued to write lyrics for the Yiddish theatre. His last lyrics were written for Siegel's operetta "Dos freylekhe yesoyme" (music by Joseph Rumshinsky), which in 1930 was staged in the Second Avenue Theatre.

On 12 March 1930 G. passed away and came to his eternal rest in the cemetery (society burial plot) of the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance (Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens, New York -- ed.).

G.'s wife, Paula Weiss, has acted in Yiddish vaudeville theatre, and his daughter is a chorus singer in Yiddish theatre.

M. E.

  • Big Ben -- Yidishe teater "Poezye", "Di varhayt," N. Y., 5 May 1917.

  • M. Osherowitz -- David kessler un muni weisenfreund," N. Y., 1930, pp. 186-188.

  • Z. Zylbercweig -- Der farshtorbener gilrod hottsehndlige yohren geshriben kupleten, "Forward," 14 March 1930.

  • Joseph Rumshinsky -- Yoszef rumshinsky shreybt vegen ersht farshtorbenem kupletn-shreyber un aktyor louis gilrod, "Forward," 21 March 1930.

  • Lead Pencil -- Eriz geven eyner fun di interesantste typen in der idisher teatervelt, "Forward,", 30 March 1930.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 478.

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