The king of farce’s new play is inspired by his parents’ love letters


(JTA) — You may not know who Ken Ludwig is, but you almost certainly know his work. Ludwig is the reigning king of theatrical farce. Among his 28 plays are six that made it to Broadway and seven to London’s West End, including “Lend Me a Tenor,”...
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Jewish Women’s Theatre to perform at Shir Chadash tonight; tickets on sale


The Jewish Women’s Theatre, a Santa Monica-based theatre group, will perform The Matzo Ball Diaries at Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue tonight in Metairie.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., marking the fifth leg of the theater group’s week-long “Southern Tour,” which the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of...
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National tour of ‘Wicked’ canceled due to hotel collapse

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

The partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans on Saturday, October 12, sent tons of debris and a crane across the street impacting the historic Saenger Theater building, where the national tour of Wicked was being housed....
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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish makes a match

(JTA) — It’s life imitating art over at New York City’s off-Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish.

Stephanie Lynne Mason and Drew Seigla, who play the young couple Hodl and Perchik in the production, are engaged, the show announced Sunday on its Twitter feed.

“We’re KVELLING! Our...
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There’s a lot you can learn about the Talmud from kung fu movies, according to a new play


NEW YORK (JTA) — In trying to understand the often esoteric arguments of the Talmud, people often turn to teachers, dictionaries and a range of other study aids. Jesse Freedman has found another helpful, albeit unexpected source: kung fu movies.

Five or six years ago, the Jewish...
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Dody Piper astounds in SLT’s ‘She Loves Me’

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

For its second full production of their season, Summer Lyric Theatre  at Tulane (SLT) chose “She Loves Me,” a show that could arguably be considered among the most stealthily Jewish shows in the modern Broadway lexicon. Based on “Parfumerie,” a 1937 play...
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Neil Diamond’s life story is coming to Broadway

(JTA) — The life story of iconic singer-songwriter Neil Diamond will be told on Broadway in a musical.

The untitled project is still in its development stages, Deadline Hollywood reported.

“I’ve always loved Broadway,” Diamond said in a statement. “The inspiration for many of my early songs came from shows...
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Jewish directors dominate at Tony Awards

(JTA) — “Hadestown,” a musical about the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the underworld, won best new musical at the Tony Awards, and a coveted prize for its Jewish director.

Rachel Chavkin won the Tony Award for best director of a musical for “Hadestown,” the tenth woman ever...
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Golabek’s ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’ is deeply personal journey, concert

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

Just before every performance of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” the one-woman play based on the book she wrote with Lee Cohen (“The Children of Willesden Lane”),  Mona Golabek holds onto a Magen David that hangs from her necklace. As she grasps...
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Get to know the new 16-year-old star of ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ who founded a theater company for his bar mitzvah project

NEW YORK (JTA) — Andrew Barth Feldman isn’t your average 16-year-old Jewish teenager from Long Island: He’s starring on Broadway in the smash hit “Dear Evan Hansen.” He landed the titular role after winning the Jimmy Awards, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

“It was just kind of a...
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