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About Seymour Rexite:

In 1930s New York, there were over 23 radio stations broadcasting Yiddish programs — but by the 1940s, one entertainer had become the king of Yiddish radio: heartthrob crooner Seymour Rexite. Performing unforgettable translations with his wife and collaborator Miriam Kressyn, at the height of his popularity the smooth-as-scotch tenor starred on 18 radio shows a week. From his command performance before President Calvin Coolidge to his famous broadcasts on WEVD, Rexite left an indelible mark on the American Jewish experience.

Rexite on the Radio: The Golden Age of Yiddish American Music


The incredible life of legendary Yiddish matinee idol, Seymour Rexite,  is brought to life in a deliciously entertaining retrospective by singer, actor and former Ashkenaz artistic director, Mitch Smolkin, accompanied by renowned pianist and composer Nina Shapilsky. After repeat performances in Los Angeles, New York, and across Canada, this show finally comes home to the Ashkenaz Festival. Audiences will hear the American Songbook and the great Broadway hits of the 20th century as they were heard on thousands of radios across the country — in Yiddish!

Co-presented with UJA Committee For Yiddish.

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