Comics are always born in Brooklyn and learn their craft on the borscht circuit
, but Martin grew up in Garden Grove and worked Knotts Berry Farm.
Merrill first worked in a seltzer factory to earn a crust while singing in synagogues touring what was known as the borscht circuit
Abel Green collected some of Variety's neologisms, such as big time, m.c., borscht circuit
, eatery, vamp, angel--someone who finances a Broadway production--and pix.
Adapted by composer/lyricist/writer Brooks and co-writer Thomas Meehan from Brook's 1968 film comedy, "The Producers" boasts a bouncy, old-school Broadway score with a generous helping of broad, Borscht Circuit
humor that leaves no character unscathed.