‘LUCK!’ Needs A Little Luck

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Luck is always in high demand for characters in musicals. From “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” in “Guys and Dolls” to “With a Little Bit of Luck” in “My Fair Lady,” good fortune can make all the difference in a character’s romantic and financial prospects.

Mark Waldrop wrote the book for “LUCK!”

Black Box Spirituality

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Can a Jewish parent forgive a child’s gravitating toward another faith? In Antonia Lassar’s one-woman show, “The God Box,” a Jewish mother discovers, after her 30-year-old daughter, Rebecca, has been killed in a car accident, that the daughter had been experimenting with a plethora of religious traditions.

In Antonia Lassar’s “The God Box,” a mother discovers truths about her dead daughter. Liz Cisco

‘Two By Two’ Makes A Comeback

Biblically themed play gets staged reading with Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh.
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The Flood might not seem like an apt subject for musical comedy, but long before such biblically themed musicals as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” there was “Two by Two,” a 1970 musical about Noah starring Danny Kaye. Composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Peter Stone, it ran for almost a year on Broadway.

Tovah Feldshuh and Jason Alexander star in a staged reading of “Two by Two.”

Tovah’s Take On Studio 54

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In its heyday in the late 1970s, Studio 54 was the best-known, most-notorious nightclub in the world — a venue for drugs, debauchery and disco that attracted the likes of Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol and Liza Minelli.

Tovah Feldshuh stars in “On, Off and Now Under Broadway. Walter McBride

In This ‘Job,’ Nothing Is Sacred

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While Jews may not have a monopoly on suffering, they certainly wrote — or at least canonized — the book on it. The biblical story of Job has inspired artists throughout history, from the engraved illustrations of William Blake to the recent Coen Brothers film, “A Serious Man.”

Marie-Claire Roussel, Sean McIntyre in Thomas Bradshaw’s “Job.” Hunter Canning

Anything’s Possible In Washington Square Park

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With its circular fountain, winding paths, chess tables and iconic arch, Washington Square Park has long served as both gathering place and inspiration for artists. 

Fatma Yalcin and Steph Van Vlack in Barbara Kahn’s “Crossing Paths in Washington Square.” Theater for the New City

A New Dimension In The Theater

Israel's deaf-blind troupe, which has its U.S. premiere here next week, tells touching (and tasty) stories.
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It’s like no bakery you’ve ever seen.

At Nalaga’at's New York premiere, deaf and blind actors will make bread the audience will eat. Photo courtesy Nalaga'at

New Life For Sherman’s Broadway Flop

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Of all the singers and comedians who leapt to prominence in the early 1960s, none was more successful than Allan Sherman, whose Jewish-inflected song parodies convulsed a nation. But Sherman never succeeded at one of his greatest ambitions, which was to write a popular Broadway musical. Now comes  “The Fig Leaves are Falling,” Sherman’s big Broadway flop, which will be revived this month by a theater company called Unsung Musicals.

Spiritual Mashup For The Holidays

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Since at least the time of the ancient Greeks, people have celebrated changes of seasons with performances of festive music. In our own multi-faith culture, concerts that mark the beginning of winter typically feature a lot of Christmas carols, a few Chanukah songs, and a batch of tunes about snow. Now come Broadway stars Marc Kudisch and Jeffrey Denman in “Happy Merry Hanu-Mas,” which features a novel approach in which Jewish songs and blessings are interwoven with Christian music.

Marc Kudisch and Jeffrey Denman in the irreverent “Happy Merry Hanu-Mas.”

‘Asher Lev’ Canvas Not Lush Enough

New production moves briskly but painter’s struggle to master his craft isn’t dramatized.
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How terrifying to be a child prodigy, to possess stunning artistic skills without the emotional maturity to handle them. And then how bewildering to live in a community that frowns on these gifts and forbids their expression. In Aaron Posner’s “My Name is Asher Lev,” the absorbing but overly reverential take on Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel that opened last week at the Westside Theater, a young chasidic painter launches a career that puts him squarely at odds with his family and community.

Ari Brand plays Asher Lev in a new production at the Westside Theater. Photo courtesy Westside Theater
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