How to Be a Jewish Mother. Based on the book by Dan Greenburg.

New York: Hart - Multi-copy printing, [1967].

Quarto-sized typescript play (28.5 x 22.5 cm.), 1-52, 2-31 pages, with some holograph corrections. The stage book based on the published book by the prolific American humorist Dan Greenburg. Originally published in 1964, Greenburg's work became the best-selling non-fiction book of 1965. The book and the subsequent musical dealt in familiar tropes of the Jewish woman, and has more recently been considered anti-Semitic for doing so. This was Seymour Vall's stage book for the musical version produced for Broadway in 1967, with music by Michael Leonard and lyrics by Herbert Martin. How to Be... opened with Molly Picon in the lead at the Hudson Theater December 28th, 1967 and closed January 13th, 1968, after just 20 performances. Vall went on to have greater success on Broadway, as a Producer on a 1972 revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. There are modest holograph corrections throughout, though this is not signed, and thus unclear who the annotator may have been. In blue, metal post-bound binder, titled in silver. Fine.

Price: $250.00