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Modern-day Jewish Entertainment

There are plenty of modern-day Jewish entertainers!

Modern-day Jewish Entertainment

‘Modern-day Jewish Entertainment’ includes Broadway musicals.

Jewish composers and lyricists have to a degree dominated Broadway musicals in New York City over the decades, but they were also very instrumental in the creation and expansion of the musical theatre genre as well as earlier forms of theatrical entertainment. They also contributed greatly to non-musical theatre in the United States, which in turn spread to much of the developed world. Much is owed to having a self-deprecating sense of humour.

There have been many reasons given why Jewish people have been involved with the entertainment industry from the beginning of the 20th Century onwards. This is because they are....
said to be quite musical
have been outsiders wanted to be accepted
happy to laugh at themselves
they are good at it
It has always been said, especially in America, that Jewish people have been able to access the imagination of others through entertainment because they have been good at being outsiders wanting to be accepted, and what better way than to bring joy and laughter to others
Which of these early Jewish entertainers performed with their face blackened as a vital part of his or her act?
Fanny Brice
Al Jolson
George Burns
Groucho Marx
Between 1911 and 1928, Al Jolson had more than 80 hit records, nine sell-out Winter Garden shows in a row and 16 national and international tours. He was the first star to entertain American troops overseas during World War II following the attack on Pearl harbour. It is said he was a ‘rock star’ long before rock music was invented. Early in his career, he performed in blackface makeup which had been a theatrical convention since the mid-19th century
One of these famous Jewish entertainers is/was a fully-qualified rabbi. Which one?
Natalie Portman, the Academy Award-winning actress
Neil Diamond, the singer/songwriter
Gene Simmons, singer and bass player from rock group Kiss
Jackie Mason the comedian
Jackie Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York. He was ordained a rabbi at 25 (mainly because his three brothers, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had all been rabbis) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. However, when aged 28, he resigned to become a comedian. He had a long and illustrious career, remaining active until his death in 2021, aged 93
Many non-Jewish stars and celebrities, perhaps the most notable TV stars being Jonathan Ross (chat-show host) and Ian Hislop (news-quiz captain) regularly use the word “chutzpah”, which is a Yiddish word derived from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ. It means ....
to be very funny
someone who has behavioural cheek or nerve
someone who has a very loud mouth
a derogatory term for someone speaking about that which they have no knowledge
To have ‘chutzpah’ means you have cheekily overstepped the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, but not necessarily with malice. For example, asking a supermarket checkout assistant to pack your shopping when you clearly should do it yourself is said to be, or having ‘chutzpah’
One of the most influential modern music magazines in the world, America's "Rolling Stone", and their readers have consistently placed American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan at the top of their top songwriters of all time. Bob Dylan's real name is ....
Robert Zimmerman
Robert Cohen
Benjamin Landy
Benjamin Dilonski
Bob Dylan has been a very influential figure in popular music and culture for more than 60 years. It is said that his highest-regarded period was the 1960s, when he was both a commentator through his music and somewhat of a reluctant figurehead for the social unrest at the time. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and received many awards over the years. In May 2012, he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama
Each of the following world-famous composers is known for composing music with Jewish connotations. However only one is Jewish. Who is it?
Max Bruch who orchestrated the very important Kol Nidrei prayer for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Maurice Ravel (who wrote the famous Bolero so loved by ice skaters) who wrote Kaddisch based on the traditional Jewish liturgy
Gustav Mahler who wrote nine symphonies and numerous other important musical pieces
Dmitri Shostakovich (writer of 15 symphonies, three operas, ballets and more) whose compositions were heavily-influenced by Jewish folk music)
He was an Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. He was born in the village of Kalischt, then part of Bohemia, (Austrian Empire). His family later moved to Iglau (now Jihlava) which is now in the Czech Republic, where he grew up and began composing
Which of the following famous people is NOT Jewish?
Stella McCartney, daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney
“Weird Al'' Yankovic, American platinum-selling recording artist and entertainer
Helena Bonham Carter, CBE, actress
Ed Milliband, former Leader of the British Labour Party
Despite his Jewish-sounding name, it is an urban myth that “Weird Al'' Yankovic is Jewish. His father is of Yugoslavian descent and his mother of Italian descent, neither of whom were Jewish
Which film is considered the Jewish turning point of Steven Spielberg's career?
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Color Purple
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
This 1993 film of Spielberg’s marked the crucial turning point in his career - the moment when he simultaneously embraced seriousness and Jewishness, as a Jewish man, in his work
The Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Michael Grade, is from a Jewish show business family that includes Baron Grade of Elstree and Baron Delfont of Stepney. They have been very involved in television and film in the UK. Lord Grade has had no management involvement during his television career in ...
Channel 4
Sky is owned (with financial backing) by the Murdoch Family, which also owns Twentieth Century Fox, News International (Times, Sunday Times and Sun) and the New York Post. Unlike the Murdochs, the Grade family does not own any media outlets, and have only been involved with terrestrial media
The Marx brothers--Julius, Adolph and Leonard--were renamed ....
Athos, Porthos and Aramis
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Moe, Larry and Curly
Groucho, Harpo and Chico
The Marx Brothers were, unlike many who incorporate the collective term “family” in their name, a genuine family comedy act, hailing from New York City. They enjoyed much success in vaudeville, on Broadway, and for almost 50 years in motion pictures, from 1905 to 1949. Five of the thirteen films the Marx Brothers made were selected by the American Film Institute (AFI) as being among the top 100 comedy films ever made, two of them (Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera) appearing in the top twelve. The brothers were also included in American Film Institute's “100 Years...100 Stars” list of the most significant screen legends as the only performers to be inducted collectively. There were actually five brothers, but one, Gummo, did not appear in any films, and Zeppo only played non-comedic roles


Author:  Ed Moss

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