Mister Kelly’s Nightclub with David Marienthal, Alison Hinderliter and Joe Alterman

By | Jun 06, 2024


Mister Kelly’s nightclub, owned by Jewish brothers George and Oscar Marienthal, launched the careers of legendary performers like Barbara Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Steve Martin and Tim Reid. The Chicago club “smashed color and gender barriers to put controversial voices on stage and transformed entertainment in America in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.” David Marienthal, son of George Marienthal and executive producer of the film Live at Mister Kelly’s and Alison Hinderliter, curator of Chicago’s Newberry Library exhibition “A Night at Mister Kelly’s,” discuss the Marienthal brothers’ success and how their clubs changed show business. In conversation with Joe Alterman, executive director of Neranenah. Sponsored by MomentLive! and Neranenah.


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