Theater in the Library: I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Seattle Jewish Theater Company has been touring productions of classic Jewish theater throughout the Seattle area since 2011. Seattle Public Library has been fortunate to host several of these productions in the past and were excited to continue the tradition this year. Join us in the Microsoft Auditorium at Central Library on Sunday, April 29 at 2pm to catch a rare production of the hit Broadway musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale.

You might know I Can Get It for You Wholesale as Barbra Streisand’s Broadway debut and the show that helped make her a star. Thanks to her amazing audition, the role of 50-something secretary Miss Marmelstein was reworked for 19 year old Streisand. Seattle Jewish Theater Company has an interesting write up of the show’s history, and information about their production. The ever-valuable (unofficial) Barbra Streisand Archives has a detailed entry documenting Streisand’s work on Wholesale, including lots of photos and ephemera. You might also want to watch the film version of Funny Girl, Streisand’s only other Broadway show.

I Can Get It for You Wholesale is set in New York City’s Garment District during the Great Depression. Check out A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960 to learn more about the role of American Jews in developing and expanding the national garment industry. Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People covers the broad range of impact Jewish New Yorkers have had in defining and developing the culture, politics, and infrastructure of the city. The book includes information about the garment trade, music, and theater. For more about the role of Jewish composers and lyricists in modern American musicals, watch Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.

~ posted by Richard V.

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