For Bert Berns’ Children, A Labor Of Love

New musical about soulful but long-forgotten songwriter is ‘fulfillment of Dad’s dream.’

08/04/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

They never knew their father, but the children of songwriter Bert Berns have spent the better part of a decade trying to rescue him from oblivion. And they are making a lot of people wonder why the creator of “Twist and Shout,” “Brown-Eyed Girl,” and “Here Comes the Night” ever slipped from the rock music radar in the first place.

The cast of “Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story.” Jenny Anderson

A Musical Challenge To The Nazis

10/14/2013 - 20:00

They were stars of the new music world, or would soon be. Their inclusion in the 1927 festival in Baden-Baden, Germany, meant great things would happen. In less than a decade, they would all be in the United States, sought by the Nazis, who banned their music.

A new play about Weimar Germany focuses on the interplay of culture and anti-Semitism, before the Nazis came to power.

The Golem Comes To Cuba

09/02/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It may have been cut from “Fiddler on the Roof,” but the song “When Messiah Comes,” a rueful ballad about the dashing of hopes, continues to resonate for theater director Michel Hausmann. Growing up in the Jewish community of Caracas, Venezuela, in the 1990s, Hausmann saw how the much-anticipated presidency of Hugo Chavez turned viciously against the Jewish state, as well as against the Jews of his own nation — leading the bulk of the Jewish population to depart for South Florida and Israel.

“When Messiah Comes,” at La MaMa, grows out of the playwright’s experiences with anti-Semitism in Venezuela. Carol Rosegg

Klezmer Score Soars In ‘Megile’

Dov Seltzer’s music lifts Folksbiene’s inventive romp of a play sky high.
05/06/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Subtlety was never a hallmark of the Yiddish theater. Born of the intensity of diasporic Jewish life, it was bold, brash and in-your-face, built on an unstable, unpredictable mix of comedy, music, dance and drama.

Scenes from the rollicking “Megile of Itzik Manger,” with Stephen Mo Hannan and Stacey Harris, . Photos by Crystal Arnette
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