Side by Side: Irish and Jews in American Theater
Last fall, two Broadway shows by Jewish-Irish collaborators, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s “The Glorious Ones” and Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s “Young Frankenstein,” opened on Broadway. These ethnic pairings would have no more significance than a Gallagher and Shean sketch were it not for the fact that the two groups have intersected again and again in our theatrical history, sometimes with results that changed its very course.
Gracie Allen, a look back
She made her stage debut at the age of three and is one of the pioneers of the domestic situation comedy. A dancer, a singer, a comedienne, Gracie Allen was a veteran performer before most went to their high school proms, she'd quit school at fourteen to join her family on stage full time.…