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
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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
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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
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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

Jewish, Beyond Belief: Why Behavior Matters

06/20/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As a native New Yorker, I know that my hometown is famous for many things, ranging from bagels to Broadway. But earlier this summer, our city made national news for a novel, awesome phenomenon:
Deborah Grayson Riegel

When The Teacher Becomes A Student

06/06/2012 - 20:00

As I write this, I am winging my way back from California- Camp Ramah in Ojai, California to be exact- and three days of a rabbinic retreat called "Beit Midrash in the Hills."  The program was sponsored by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, part of the American Jewish University of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative rabbis, which I currently serve as president.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

On "Death of a Salesman", Arthur Miller, and Goldman Sach's Greg Smith

When Arthur Miller’s “Death of A Salesman” first opened on Broadway, in 1949, Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times’ chief theater critic, could not have been more enthusiastic—“masterly,” he called, “heroic” and “superb.”  It is safe to say that the same adjectives can be used to describe the current Broadway revival that opened this week.  Philip Seymour Hoffman, in the lead role of Willy Loman, brings renewed complexity to a classic American character who

Woody’s ‘Honeymoon’ Home Run

Allen’s older man-younger woman (no?) romance caps off ‘Relatively Speaking’ series of one-acts.
10/22/2011 - 20:00
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He’s done it so many times, showing us a lecherous middle-aged man and a nubile young woman, decades his junior, and the love that blossoms between them. You would be forgiven for thinking that Woody Allen has already exploited this theme from every possible angle.

Ari Graynor and Steve Guttenberg in Woody Allen's "Honeymoon Motel." Joan Marcus

Broadway’s Very Jewish Year

From Shylock to Sondheim, a rich year on the boards.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
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In a year of great theater, both on and off Broadway, many of the most memorable performances were turned in by actors in Jewish plays. Herewith, in no particular order, are the Jewish Week’s top five Jewish plays of 2010, three of which are still running into 2011. 

‘The Merchant of Venice’

Al Pacino has three weeks left in his role as the Jewish moneylender Shylock in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."
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