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The Tamiment Playhouse, located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was a prominent incubator of and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century, particularly for comedy. It nurtured many performers who later became famous, and much of the original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television. The Playhouse was part of Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for socialists and their families that opened in 1921. It began offering professional theatrical productions by the early 1930s, and closed after the season of 1960, victim of changes in the resort industry, trends and tastes in popular entertainment, and the gradual demise of Camp Tamiment itself.

From the description of Tamiment Playhouse photographs [graphic]. ca. 1921-1987 (bulk 1930s-1950s). (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 60951527

The Tamiment Playhouse (TPH) was a resident summer theater that operated between 1921 and 1960 at Camp Tamiment, an adult summer camp in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Camp Tamiment was an educational and recreational summer resort (originally) for socialists and their families near Bushkill, Pa., from 1921 until its sale in 1965 to commercial interests. The TPH became the preeminent workshop and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television of the mid-twentieth century. Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, and Carol Burnett, directors Max Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton, choreographer Jerome Robbins, and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. Much of the original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television, and much of it reflects the predominantly Jewish cultural and politically liberal orientation of the camp and its residents.

From the description of Records, 1927-1987 (bulk 1933-1960). (New York University). WorldCat record id: 476039903

The Tamiment Playhouse, located in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, became the preeminent workshop and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television of the mid-twentieth century. The major undertaking of the Playhouse was the weekly performance of an original review (the "shows"). Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, and Carol Burnett, directors Max Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton, choreographer Jerome Robbins, and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. Much of the original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage and finally Broadway.

From the description of Tamiment Playhouse oral histories and shows, 1955-1988. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 477247965

The Tamiment Playhouse was a resident summer theater that operated between 1921 and 1960 at Camp Tamiment, an adult summer camp in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Camp Tamiment was an educational and recreational summer resort (originally) for socialists and their families near Bushkill, Pa., from 1921 until its sale in 1965 to commercial interests. The TPH became the preeminent workshop and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television of the mid-twentieth century. Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, and Carol Burnett, directors Max Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton, choreographer Jerome Robbins, and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. Much of the original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television, and much of it reflects the predominantly Jewish cultural and politically liberal orientation of the camp and its residents. See also LoMonaco, Martha Schmoyer, Every week, a Broadway revue : the Tamiment Playhouse, 1921-1960 (NYU Press, 1992).

From the guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

From the guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987, (Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive)

The Tamiment Playhouse, located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, in the Pocono Mountains, was a prominent incubator of and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century, particularly for comedy. Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, Dick Shawn, and Carol Burnett, directors Max L. Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton, choreographers and dancers like Jerome Robbins, and Anita Alvarez, and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. The Playhouse was celebrated for its vibrant weekly original revues, filled with original music, songs, dances, and sketches. Much of this original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and finally, television. "Your Show of Shows," one of the best-known programs of television's "Golden Age," had its origins in Tamiment productions.

The Playhouse had its home at Camp Tamiment, which began as a summer resort for socialists and their families. Less than two years after the Camp opened in 1921, campers and staff began to stage amateur theatricals, and a social hall for performances was built. By the early 1930s the Camp had hired a professional entertainment staff theatrical producer, Max Liebman. Out of this grew the professional theatrical productions that became the Tamiment Playhouse. The theater played its last season in 1960, when it was forced to close -- victim of changes in the resort industry, trends and tastes in popular entertainment, and the gradual demise of Camp Tamiment itself (which closed its doors in 1965).

Sources:

Martha LoMonaco. Every Week, A Broadway Review, the Tamiment Playhouse, 1921-1960(Greenwood Press, 1992)

From the guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, Bulk, 1930-1959, 1920s-1987, (Bulk 1930s-1950s), (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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creatorOf Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Kallen, Lucille. Lucille Kallen papers, 1938-1999. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Aura Levitas Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, 1946-1952 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Tamiment Playhouse. Records, 1927-1987 (bulk 1933-1960). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Lucille Kallen papers, 1938-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection, 1955-1988 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Douglas Coudy scrapbook. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, Bulk, 1930-1959, 1920s-1987, (Bulk 1930s-1950s) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Beverly Bozeman Fuller Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, 1954-1957 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Alexander Cohen Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, Bulk, 1947-1952, 1947-1958, (Bulk 1947-1952) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Fuller, Beverly Bozeman. Beverly Bozeman Fuller Tamiment Playhouse photographs Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Tamiment Playhouse. Tamiment Playhouse oral histories and shows, 1955-1988. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Tamiment Playhouse. Tamiment Playhouse photographs [graphic]. New-York Historical Society
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Bushkill (Pa.)
United States
Pennsylvania
Bushkill (Pa.)
Pennsylvania
Pocono Mountains (Pa.).
Pennsylvania--Tamiment
Camp Tamiment (Pa.)
United States
Pocono Mountains (Pa.).
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Summer theater--Pictorial works
Summer theater--Pennsylvania--Pocono Mountains--History
Theater--Pennsylvania--History--20th century
Theater--Political aspects--Pennsylvania--Pocono Mountains
Theater--Pennsylvania--Bushkill (Pa.)
Theater--History--20th century
Theater
Jewish musicians
Jewish composers--United States
Dramatists, American--Interviews
Comedians--Interviews
Dramatists--United States
Actors--Interviews
Summer resorts--Pictorial works
Actresses--Interviews
Jewish entertainers--United States
Summer resorts--Pennsylvania
Theatrical producers and directors--Interviews
Musical theater--United States--History--20th century
Jewish musicians--United States
Summer theater--Pennsylvania
Musical theater--History--20th century
Jewish entertainers
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