Tamiment Playhouse

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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).

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Aura Levitas Tamiment Playhouse Film and Photographs, 1946-1952 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Lucille Kallen papers, 1938-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Alumni Oral History Collection, 1955-1988 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Douglas Coudy scrapbook. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, 1920s-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Beverly Bozeman Fuller Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, 1954-1957 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Alexander Cohen Tamiment Playhouse Photographs, 1947-1958 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
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associatedWith Allen, Woody person
associatedWith Allen, Woody person
associatedWith Alvarez, Anita person
associatedWith Arthur, Beatrice person
associatedWith Barer, Marshall. person
associatedWith Blaker, Ben. person
associatedWith Bock, Jerry. person
associatedWith Burnett, Carol person
associatedWith Burnett, Carol person
associatedWith Camp Tamiment (Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Channing, Carol. person
associatedWith Coca, Imogene person
associatedWith Cohen, Alexander. person
associatedWith Corey, Irwin. person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Fischer, Seymour. person
associatedWith Fischer, Seymour. person
associatedWith Fuller, Beverly Bozeman. person
associatedWith Fuller, Beverly Bozeman. person
associatedWith Goren, Lewis. person
associatedWith Goren, Lewis M. person
associatedWith Goren, Lewis M. person
associatedWith Goren, Lewis M. person
associatedWith Hack, Moe. person
associatedWith Horn, Andrew person
associatedWith Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980 person
associatedWith Kallen, Lucille. person
associatedWith Kaye, Danny person
associatedWith Kaye, Danny person
associatedWith Kugler, Israel, 1917-2007. person
associatedWith Layton, Joe, 1931- person
associatedWith Levitas, Aura person
associatedWith Levitas, Mike. person
associatedWith Liebman, Max person
associatedWith Liebman, Max L. person
associatedWith LoMonaco, Martha. person
associatedWith LoMonaco, Martha Schmoyer. person
associatedWith Mailly, Bertha. person
associatedWith Mailly, Bertha Howell person
associatedWith Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955. person
associatedWith Robbins, Jerome person
associatedWith Rodgers, David. person
associatedWith Rodgers, Mary, 1931- person
associatedWith Schlesinger, Arthur M. 1917-2007. person
associatedWith Shawn, Dick person
associatedWith Simon, Danny. person
associatedWith Simon, Neil person
associatedWith Tamiment Institute. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Tamiment PA US
Bushkill PA US
Subject
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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Disestablishment 1960

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