Sobel, Bernard

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SOBEL, BERNARD (1887–1964), U.S. theater historian and publicist. Sobel, who began his career as an English teacher, was drama critic for the New York Daily Mirror, 1932–35. He wrote Burleycue: An Underground History of Burlesque Days (1931), A Pictorial History of Burlesque (1956), and A Pictorial History of Vaudeville (1961). As a theatrical press agent he represented Florenz Ziegfeld, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and many famous producers and actors. His memoirs, Broadway Heartbeat, appeared in 1953.