Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Over the last fifteen years Grossman toured with his troupe, and wherever [he went] his children also performed, both in America and Canada, and for three years he was the first to perform Yiddish theatre (in the Savoy Theatre) in San Francisco, California. In 1927 Grossman initiated the building of the Rolland Theatre in Brooklyn.
After many years of traveling through North America and bringing Yiddish theatre to the west coast and Canada, Grossman settled in Chicago, founding the Grossman-Reinhart Repertory Co. He and his wife, Fannie Ader Grossman, wrote, produced and performed plays that also featured their four children: Helen, Irving, Joe and Miriam. The company also employed members of the Jacobson families, i.e. Hymie, Irving, Henrietta and their parents, as well as the Bernardis (Berel, Sam, Jack, Boris, Herschel and Feygie). They also took in as a young actor a man named Muni Weisenfrund, who went on to Broadway and Hollywood stardom as Paul Muni.
Soon after leaving Chicago with the dissolving of the company there, Grossman returned to New York where he remained involved in Yiddish theatre. After the death of his wife in 1947, he retired from theatre and became a licensed commercial real estate broker in New York City. Samuel B. Grossman passed away on 20 June 1960, survived by three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
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You can find Samuel B. Grossman's original Lexicon biography in Vol. 1.
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