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The Jazz Singer is a play written by Samson Raphaelson, based on his short story "The Day of Atonement". It debuted on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre in 1925. A highly influential movie adaptation was released in 1927, starring Al Jolson.The story: Jackie Rabinowitz, the son of Jewish immigrants, has launched a career as a jazz singer, performing in blackface under the name Jack Robin. His father, a cantor for an Orthodox synagogue on the East Side of Manhattan, disapproves of Jack's choices. In the first act, Jack visits on his father's 60th birthday. They argue, and Jack is thrown out.