The Rise of Billy Rose: America’s Great Jewish Impresario - 92Y, New York

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The Rise of Billy Rose: America’s Great Jewish Impresario

Mark Cohen
The Rise of Billy Rose: America’s Great Jewish Impresario

Eighty years ago in 1939, Billy Rose’s “to do” list would have read something like this: 1) Make a million bucks; 2) Divorce Fanny Brice; 3) Buy a Modigliani; 4) Rescue a Jewish refugee from Nazi Europe; 5) Keep the rescue a secret; 6) Intermarry. Join author Mark Cohen as he reviews the most incredible and contradictory year in the life of Billy Rose, the shorthand wunderkind who became mid-century New York’s only songwriter/theatre producer/World’s Fair impresario/nightclub and theater owner/syndicated columnist/art collector/tough guy and Jewish activist and philanthropist.

A book signing follows the event.

Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen is the author of Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman and of two previous books …

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