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Interview with Marvin Hamlisch

Editor’s note: In October of 2006,  prior to a fundraiser performance in Cleveland, I was fortunate to conduct a interview with Marvin Hamlisch. Through the courtesy of the Cleveland Jewish News, most of that article appears here.


Marvin Hamlisch’s credits read like American musical royalty, but, despite his many accomplishments, he is not content to sit on his laurels. He is happy when he is busy, and...

Film critic Judith Crist dies at 90

NEW YORK (JTA) — Film critic Judith Crist, a one-time mainstay of the “Today” show and TV Guide, has died at 90. Crist died Tuesday in Manhattan following a long illness, according to reports.. She was born Judith Klein to parents Solomon Klein and the former Helen Schoenberg, spending her early years in Montreal before returning to her native New York at age 12.

Crist was a woman of many...

Marvin Hamlisch, acclaimed composer and arranger, dies at 68

NEW YORK (JTA) — Marvin Hamlisch, the acclaimed composer and arranger of dozens of Broadway plays and films, has died at 68. Hamlisch died Monday in Los Angeles following a brief illness. He perhaps was best known for his work on the long-running Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” which won several Tony Awards and for which Hamlisch won the Pulitzer Prize.

Along with the Pulitzer, Hamlisch earned three Academy Awards, four Emmys,...

Summer Lyric’s ‘Fiddler’ runs till Sunday

It was only three and a half years ago that Randy Cheramie tackled the role of Tevye the milkman in the Jefferson Performing Arts Center’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The beloved Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock musical has been a mainstay with Cheramie. He has played the role five times before and each times the plaudits from the local theatre critics and community has been resoundingly positive.


Holy Talmud! what would Batman do? Book suggests way that Caped Crusader is Jewish role model

The following article, published in 2006 is provided courtesy of The CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS (All rights reserved ©2006)

Reviewed by ALAN SMASON, Staff Reporter

A funny thing happened to Rabbi Cary Friedman a little over six years ago. Friedman, a teacher and expert on Torah ethics, was publicly lecturing on how to live a more spiritual life when his words caught the attention of a high-ranking FBI official in the...

Star soprano Sarah Jane McMahon returns to Touro

Renowned soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, a New Orleans native and Loyola University School of Music graduate, returns to Touro Synagogue this Friday night in another program of works by Jewish composers. McMahon, who has sung with and been a protege of Placido Domingo, will share the evening with tenor Taylor Miller and music historian George Dansker. Dansker is the organizer of this program, which follows four earlier concerts featuring the...

Playmakers ‘Jungle Book’ performance to benefit NJC

Playmakers Theater’s  upcoming performance of “The Jungle Book” next Saturday, July 21, will benefit the Northshore Jewish Congregation. The production begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center, Furhmann Auditorium, 317 Jefferson Street, Covington, LA. It will be directed by Frank Levy.

Berthe Meijer, Dutch author of ‘Life After Anne Frank’ dies

(JTA) — Dutch Jewish author Berthe Meijer, who grew up in Anne Frank’s neighborhood and was imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen at the same time, has died. Meijer died Tuesday of cancer, The Associated Press reported.

Her 2010 book “Life After Anne Frank” compared her life after the Holocaust to what Frank’s might have been if she had survived. Meijer was a culinary journalist who published columns in the Dutch newspaper NRC...

Nathan Englander takes short story prize

(JTA) — Jewish-American author Nathan Englander won the 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The award, for his short story collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” garnered Englander a $30,000 prize. The collection of stories won out over collections by Israeli writer Etgar Keret, as well as Sarah Hall and Kevin Barry.

The prize is funded by the city of Cork in Ireland.


JTA: No Business Like the News Business – Aaron Sorkin

(L.A. Jewish Journal) — Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West Wing” and “Sports Night,” among others, have earned the veteran show creator a reputation for intense examinations of institutional milieus — government, sports and...