The Jews of Tin Pan Alley

A highly engaging, participatory, and educational one-man show celebrates the Jewish contribution to American popular music by delveing into the lost old world of writers, performers, publishers and song pluggers. This show is performed in period attire with historical memorabilia including, LPs, sheet music, cylinder rolls, books, pictures, and much more.

Featuring songs, stories, poetry, and lore of:

  • Al Jolson
  • Fannie Brice
  • Sophie Tucker
  • Ted Lewis
  • Eddie Cantor
  • Yiddish Theater Classics
  • and much more…


Lil’ Rev is a real find. His presentation is stimulating, nostalgic, entertaining, and full of interesting material. His enthusiasm for the subject matter is downright contagious. Lil’ Rev is a credit to our Yiddish and Judaic heritage and he has left his mark on southern California.

— Ken Hailpern, Director, AJU at Brandeis Bardin Campus

Lil’ Rev enhanced and energized our Sunday morning Sukkot program with his musical talent and knowledge of Jewish Music. He enthusiastically demonstrated his gifts as a teacher of children, their parents and our teachers with his interactive, easygoing style.

— Ellen Polsky, Director of Education of Temple Emanuel, St. Louis, MO

To hear Lil Rev sing is to enter a timeless world of Jewish song. Lil Rev is the Jewish Pete Seeger!

— Rabbi Larry Milder

Lil Rev is amazing! He's entertaining, Jewish, engaging, educational and inspiring.

— Rabbi Berel Levertov, Chabad, Santa Fe

You left everyone with smiles and tears!
—Cantor Scott Simon, Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL


Approximately 75 minutes


Performed on banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and recorder

Perfect for JCCs, temples, historical museums, theaters, cultural arts centers, performing arts centers, festivals and libraries. To bring The Jews of Tin Pan Alley to your venue, contact Marc Revensen at or 414-305-2328.

Tin Pan Alley, circa 1915