‘The Prince of Egypt’ composer on the musical theater adaptation, his career and his family’s Passover tradition

(JTA) — “The Prince of Egypt” is having another moment in the desert sun.

The 1998 animated film on Moses and the Exodus story has been turned into a recent musical in London. It’s streaming on Hulu. And in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the original movie’s music is...
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Harold Rome subject of Dansker lecture tonight at Touro

George Dansker will be holding his annual lecture tonight on a Jewish composer tonight following services at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue. This time, though,  the subject is not nearly as well known as those for whom he has held previous tributes (Bernstein, Berlin, Weill, Rodgers, the Gershwins etc.).

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Hillary Clinton gets ‘tears in her eyes’ after watching Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Anatevka had a special guest in attendance on Sunday afternoon: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” or “Fidler Afn Dakh,” at Stage 42 in Manhattan.

Following the show, Clinton went on stage to hug director Joel Grey....
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Jerry Herman, composer of ‘Hello Dolly!’ and other Broadway hits, dies at 88

(JTA) — Composer Jerry Herman, who wrote music and lyrics for Broadway hits including “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” died at the age of 88.

Herman, who was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s, died in Miami on Thursday of pulmonary complications, his goddaughter told the Associated Press.

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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; Tickets on Sale


The Jewish Women’s Theatre will perform The Matzo Ball Diaries tonight at Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue in Metairie.

The show begins at 7:30 PM, marking the fifth leg of the Santa Monica-based theater group’s week-long “Southern Tour,” which the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life...
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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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