The Nicholas Brothers

Ananias “Nyas” Berry (1913-1951) and his brother James (1915-1969) were born in New Orleans, and, after a few early stints performing in Denver and Hollywood, made their New York debut in 1927 at ages 13 and 11. The Nicholas Brothers, regular Club headliners, found their flashy, signature leaps and jumps outdone by the Berrys’ astounding finale: a synchronized flying and tumbling split-legged catapult over the heads of the band.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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