In 1998, The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre presented On 2nd Avenue,
a musical review about the history of Yiddish Theatre. It became a cultural phenomenon,
shattering box office records at the Segal Theatre and subsequently went on to
entertain audiences the world over. And now, from the creators of On 2nd Avenue,
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre proudly presents …Those Were The
Days: The award-winning song and dance extravaganza.
Those Were the Days is a celebration of music and heritage that crosses
age, cultural and linguistic barriers.
Behind the Curtain
Those Were The Days was originally produced on Broadway in 1991. It
garnered two Tony Award nominations (Best Featured Actor in a Musical &
Best Direction of a Musical) and won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Did You Know?
In 1933, Sholem Secunda and Jacob Jacobs wrote a song for a forgettable play
on the Yiddish Theatre stage. They soon sold the rights and split it two ways.
A few years later the song was recorded in English by The Andrews Sisters and
went on to become a mainstream hit, famous to this day. The song: Bei Mir
Bistu Sheyn. The amount it sold for: $30.