In my generation, no one knows Hammerstein—maybe I’ll get, ‘Are you related to the ballroom?’” said Simon Hammerstein as he sat in his soon-to-be-opened supper club, the Box, on the Lower East Side. “I like to say, ‘Yes, I am the ballroom’s great-great-grandson.’”
The Hammerstein Ballroom is actually named for Oscar Hammerstein I—who constructed it Read More
Only the French would create a musical about a man who can walk through brick walls. You can’t imagine Oscar Hammerstein saying to Richard Rodgers, “Are we sure about the King of Siam ? Let’s do a show about a dope who can walk through walls instead.” But the French think otherwise-or they wouldn’t be Read More
In Search of American Jewish Culture , by Stephen J. Whitfield. University Press of New England, 307 pages, $26.
Just Revenge , by Alan M. Dershowitz. Warner Books, 322 pages, $29.95.
Reading In Search of American Jewish Culture , I was reminded of the elderly family friend who used to argue so avidly and Read More
I’ve been accused of maliciously trying to trip up nuns and various von Trapp kiddies as they walked in virtuous, stately procession down the aisles of the Martin Beck Theater during the wedding scene in The Sound of Music . Let me say from the outset that I would never do such a thing, consciously. Read More