Folksbiene Comes To Broadway

In a first, the Yiddish theater company will produce ‘Indecent’ at the Cort.

12/06/2016 - 15:56
Culture Editor

For the first time in its 103-year history, the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene will be producing a show in a mainstream Broadway — not East Broadway — theater.

Scene from Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” based on Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” which is headed for Broadway. Carol Rosegg

Broadway Magic: TDF's Autism Theater Initiative

If you’re a theater lover like me, it’s likely you remember the first play or musical you ever saw.

Mine was a community theater production of “The Princess and the Pea” that my grandmother took my sister and me to see (I was 4 and she was 6). I still can recall holding my grandmother’s hand when the theater lights went down and the magic of watching the actors bring the story to life. The Princess was funny! My grandmother was proud of how my sister and I sat still and watched. She, as well as my parents, took us to see live theater throughout  our childhood.

At a recent TDF Autism-Friendly Production. Courtesy of TDF

Benjamin Netanyahu Booed At Broadway

The Israeli prime minister was heckled with shouts of ‘Free Palestine’ while in the city for the U.N. General Assembly.

09/29/2016 - 10:21
Editorial Intern


Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife were met with both boos and cheers as he took his seat at a performance of “Hamilton” Saturday night, according to JTA. Two women left the theater after shouting “Free Palestine” at the couple.

Netanyahu arriving at Richard Rodgers Theatre. Screenshot/JTA

Anger Becomes Comedian Lewis Black

The bust-a-gut ranter on current events is back on Broadway.

09/21/2016 - 12:56

Remember Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out?” It was about an 11-year-old girl, Riley, and the five primary emotions raging inside her: Joy and Sadness, Fear and Disgust. And Lewis Black.
Sorry. We meant there was Anger. It’s an easy mistake to make.

Screed is good: The famously agitated Jewish comedian Lewis Black is returning to Broadway. Clay McBride

A Family “Tradition” On Broadway

When Michael Bernardi first came out on the stage of the Broadway theater in Wednesday’s matinee performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the audience was electric with cheers. Many understood that the actor had waited a lifetime for this opportunity to step out as Tevye.

Michael Bernardi and Teri Bernardi, outside the Broadway Theatre. Tyson Lindo

From Brooklyn To Broadway, And Back Again

“Wonderama” star Sonny Fox returns to Flatbush school for an evening of anecdotes and reflections on the songwriters behind the show tunes.

10/21/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

During my interview with Sonny Fox, he broke out into song. While reminiscing about his Brooklyn childhood, he described Friday night dinners, which he remembers as frenzied and warm.

Sonny Fox with some of P.S. 217's future performers at the "Back to Broadway" event. Steve Friedman

Curb Your Nervousness: Directing Larry David

03/03/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I was very nervous at first,” Anna D. Shapiro told The Jewish Week about her reaction to being chosen to direct Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark,” which opens this week on Broadway. “I adore the guy; he’s been so seminal in the formation of my own sense of humor. I didn’t want him to think that I wasn’t funny.”

Larry David and Ben Shenkman in “Fish in the Dark,” left. Joan Marcus

Spector On A ‘Beautiful’ Roll

06/02/2014 - 20:00

Barry’s a Jewish kid musician from a Northeast city — that’s me,” said Philadelphia native Jarrod Spector, referring to Brooklyn-born Barry Mann, one half of the legendary songwriting duo of Mann and (Cynthia) Weil. “But I’m not as neurotic as Barry is portrayed in the show.”

Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann (with Anika Larson as Cynthia Weill) in scene from “Beautiful.”  Gabriela Geselowitz

Lipa Hits Broadway

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Lipa Schmeltzer is coming to Broadway.

Not a bad achievement for a guy who, 15 or so years ago, was driving a delivery truck for a kosher butcher. Or for a guy who has been described as the “Hasidic Bruce Springsteen.”

Chasidic music star Lipa Schmeltzer’s new show is part concert, part theater piece. Photo courtesy Lipa Schmeltzer

The American Dream, On Rye

Remembering the Stage Deli, and the cultural power of a stuffed pastrami sandwich.
12/10/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For the price of a sandwich, you got a little piece — call it a shtickel — of fame.

How else to explain the exceedingly long run of the Stage Deli, the iconic New York eatery that closed at the end of last month after overstuffing its sandwiches, and its customers, for three-quarters of a century? That the storied Stage finally closed up shop is perhaps less remarkable than the fact that it survived for so long, far outlasting the cultural milieu from which it so sparklingly sprang.

Of all delis, the Stage was most an extension of Broadway. Miyan Levenson
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