Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, New Jersey Presents Star Of Stage, Screen, & Beloved Telethon Host Jerry Lewis
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 03:51 PM EST
Thursday, April 4, 2013 7PM
Ticket Price: $149, $99, $59, $49, $39
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or Box Office (201) 227 1030
Jerry Lewis was born as Joseph Levitch on March 6, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up in a show business family, Lewis began following in his parents' footsteps as a performer from a very young age. He made his debut at the age of 5, singing "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" at New York's "Borscht Belt" nightclubs in the Catskill Mountains.
At age 20, he met singer Dean Martin and his career sky rocketed. They developed a comedy act and performed in nightclubs like the Copacabana. With their popular comedy routine, the duo went from making $250 a week to $5,000. In 1949, the pair landed their own regular radio comedy show, The Martin and Lewis Show. Over the next decade, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made 16 films together, including My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). Martin & Lewis made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948 debut broadcast of Toast of the Town with Ed Sullivan.
In 1994, he made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the Devil in a revival of the baseball musical, Damn Yankees. In 2006, he was given a medal and induction into the Legion of Honor by France, given the honorary title of "Legion Commander" and an induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009. Jerry’s status as one of the most recognizable people on earth is constantly renewed by each new generation of audience who discover the fun and goodness of laughter.
30 North Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.
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