Theater

Fanny Brice, Times Four

04/29/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

One of the first Jewish women to break — or crash — into vaudeville, Fanny Brice paved the way for female comics from Lucille Ball to Gilda Radner. Fans of Brice will have a rare opportunity this weekend to hear four top-notch singers pay tribute to her in a mixture of solos and duets, backed by a six-piece band. “Ziegfeld Girl: The Many Faces of Fanny Brice” runs for just five performances at the 92nd Street Y, with such standards as “Second Hand Rose” and “My Man” on the program.

Four top-notch singers pay tribute to Fanny Brice in “Ziegfeld Girl” at 92nd Street Y.  Wikimedia Commons

Creating A New, Old Herr Schultz

In Broadway revival of ‘Cabaret,’ veteran actor Danny Burstein ponders the latest iteration of the show’s Jewish character.

04/29/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

Anyone who has seen a version of the musical “Cabaret” will recall the dazzling, provocative world of the Kit Kat Club, a fictional nightclub in pre-World War II Berlin. At the top of the show, a vivacious emcee, originated by Joel Grey, beckons us inside enticingly. “We have no troubles here!” he promises. “Here, life is beautiful.”

Danny Burstein, Linda Emond and Alan Cumming in scene from “Cabaret.”   Joan Marcus

Creating A New, Old Herr Schultz

Veteran actor Danny Burstein ponders the latest iteration of Cabaret's Jewish character in latest Broadway revival.

04/24/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

Anyone who has seen a version of the musical “Cabaret” will recall the dazzling, provocative world of the Kit Kat Club, a fictional nightclub in pre-World War II Berlin. At the top of the show, a vivacious emcee, originated by Joel Grey, beckons us inside enticingly. “We have no troubles here!” he promises. “Here, life is beautiful.”

Danny Burstein returns to Broadway for the 15th time in the latest revival of "Cabaret."
Photo Galleria
Photo Galleria: 
The engagement party scene in "Cabaret." Joan Marcus
Danny Burstein
"Cabaret" returns to Broadway. Joan Marcus
Related Articles

A Rent In The Garment

04/23/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

Some scars are more visible than others. In Jane Prendergast’s “Ashes,” set in the period following the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a teenage Jewish girl is caught between her mother, who disapproves of her having a baby, and her husband, a survivor of the fire who wants to start a new life. The one-act drama runs as part of Metropolitan Playhouse’s new batch of “East Side Stories,” a festival of one-act plays and monologues inspired by life on the Lower East Side.

Lauren T. Mack plays Ethel in Jane Prendergast’s “Ashes,” set after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

The Fire This Time

04/17/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

Memory is sacred in Judaism. But can it overwhelm the present and prevent one from living? In Jon Robin Baitz’s 1991 play, “The Substance of Fire,” an irascible Holocaust survivor who owns a small New York publishing company insists on publishing only works on genocide, to the chagrin of his adult children who fear that the firm will go bankrupt. A major Off-Broadway revival, which is now in previews, opens next week at Second Stage in Midtown. 

Jon Robin Baitz’s “The Substance of Fire” is a family drama focused on the publishing industry.

Madoff, The Farce

04/08/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Five years after Bernie Madoff’s conviction and sentencing, the Ponzi schemer is as visible as ever in our popular culture. But after many plays and films that treated him with utmost seriousness, Madoff also became a target of satire, beginning with the 2011 comedy film, “Tower Heist,” in which Alan Alda played a Jewish financial whiz who robbed working people of their pension money. And then there was Lee Blessing’s 2013 darkly comic play, “A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff.”

“Greed,” at New World Stages, is a satirical look at the life of Bernard Madoff. Celeste Muniz

Menzel Is Marvelous in ‘If/Then’

04/07/2014
Jewish Week Correspondent

Idina Menzel, whose most recent triumph is singing the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” in the Disney movie “Frozen,” has made a triumphant return to Broadway in the new musical “If/Then” at the Richard Rodgers Theater on West 46th Street.

Playing a single woman in the city, Menzel owns the role.

Staging Kertész’s ‘Fatelessness’

04/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Some experiences are so traumatic that the mind refuses to believe that they are happening. In Imre Kertész’s “Fatelessness,” the Nobel Prize-winning novel based on the Hungarian author’s boyhood experiences during the Holocaust, a matter-of-fact tone bridges a yawning chasm of despair. Adam Boncz’s one-man stage version of the novel, adapted by Andras Visky, debuts next week in Soho; it arrives just as Hungary marks the 70th anniversary of the Nazi occupation.

Adam Boncz stars in a one-man show based on Imre Kertesz’s boyhood experiences during the Holocaust. Celeste Muniz

A ‘Threepenny Opera’ For The 99 Percent

Martha Clarke and the Atlantic Theater Company team up on a classic play with rich contemporary overtones.

03/25/2014
Jewish Week Correspondent

The acclaimed dance-theater artist Martha Clarke says she has, for “some unknown reason,” always been “drawn to the historical.”

Maybe Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera” is the reason. She certainly has some history with the classic theater work about criminality and corruption set during the waning days of the pre-World War II Weimar Republic in Germany.

Michael Park and Laura Osnes, foreground, in scene from “A Threepenny Opera,” directed by Martha Clarke. Kevin Thomas Garcia

Channeling Groucho’s ‘Outsider Humor’

03/25/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Of all American comedians, none is more instantly recognizable than Groucho Marx. With his rolling eyes, greasepaint mustache, waggling cigar and stooped posture, Groucho remains part of our national consciousness more than three decades after his death. In his acclaimed traveling show, “An Evening With Groucho,” which comes to Queens this weekend, Frank Ferrante channels the great comedian. Accompanied by an on-stage pianist, Ferrante recreates Groucho’s routines, ad-libs with the audience, and warbles some of Groucho’s best-known songs, including “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”

Frank Ferrante channels Groucho. Courtesy of Frank Ferrante
Syndicate content