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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. In a video shared to the show’s social media accounts, she also spoke to the cast.

“I just can’t tell...

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.

One of his best-known songs was “I Am What I Am,” from “La Cage aux Folles,” which became an LGBT...

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,” “Crazy for You,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “20th Century.”

They have earned him a passel of awards — multiple Tonys...

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 coordinated.

Founded in 2008, the Jewish Women’s Theatre aims to give “voice to contemporary Jewish stories in America.” The non-profit...

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. With street closures around the complex due to two unsecured cranes and a mandatory evacuation of the area by city...

‘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 real life Hodl & Perchik are engaged! Talk about a match made in heaven. Congratulations Stephanie & Drew,” the tweet...

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 director and playwright was watching the martial arts film “Canton Viper” when he realized that it reminded him of something...

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 by Hungarian Jewish playwright Miklos Laszlo, which was adapted into the 1940 movie, “The Shop Around the Corner,” the characters...

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 like ‘West Side Story,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ so it seems only fitting to bring my...

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 to win best director for a Broadway play or musical, during the award ceremony on Sunday night. She followed Julie...