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What Makes a Good Revival? Thoughts on This Season's Tony Nominees

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What makes a good revival? Is it just lovingly recreating an original or a prior revival? Or does it require reinvention? It depends who you ask. Th...

MY PASSOVER TRIP OF LOVE: THE ODYSSEY AND THE ECSTASY

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
Randee Mia Berman

We Jews have always been wanderers. Taking road trips. Traipsing, trekking, and schlepping. Forced to leave many places. As Tevye says in Fiddler ...

'She Loves Me:' The Muscle of Melody

Barry Singer | Posted 03.31.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Melody can really lift a musical. We tend to forget that today, as we savor shows where the heavy lifting is done by the flying winches or the maxed-out sonic levels or the puppets or the Mormons or the hooks, the beats, the rhymes.

Aisle View: Musical Candy Box

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

If you like your shows with glorious music in the air and a dollop of schlag atop the café viennois, you are sure to float away from your visit to She Loves Me on a silver-laced cloud.

'Cabin in the Sky:' A Ring Shout of Well-Intentioned Condescension

Barry Singer | Posted 02.16.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I am fond of the 1943 movie, but it does have its problems. The opportunity to finally see the show at City Center's Encores! series last week, ostensibly as it was originally performed in 1940 on Broadway, filled me with anticipation. And trepidation.

Hasidic Jews See Fiddler on The Roof for the First Time!

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Hasidic Judaism embraces joy and spirituality, yearning and learning, powerful singing, but most individuals in these communities do not own a televis...

Fiddler Star Jessica Vosk Takes on Joe's Pub-Sings on The Set List Podcast

Victor Legrá | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Victor Legrá

The quest to achieve gay icon status in 70 minutes is Jessica Vosk's mission for her Joe's Pub solo debut, entitled You Asked For It. A veteran of thr...

Do Americans Really Want Elmer J. Fudd or Cruella de Vil as President?

Howard Barbanel | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

I may disagree with Bernie Sanders about healthcare, taxation and foreign policy but he's right that the people need to take back the political process so that candidates of greater quality from both parties will have a serious shot at leadership.

On the Culture Front: Jerry Seinfeld, Fiddler On the Roof and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 01.08.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Jerry Seinfeld took the stage last night at the Beacon Theatre for the first time in a long time. The excitement coursing through the audience was palpable. I found myself giddy with anticipation and when he appeared onstage after a theatrical post-opener blackout, it was hard to believe that he was there in the flesh.

Aisle View: Tevye, Back on the Roof

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.21.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Fiddler on the Roof is back on Broadway, and -- wonder of wonders -- it's the best Fiddler we've seen since the original.

Aisle View: Mayer's Boys

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The York Theatre Company, the determined, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-make-a-musical group in the basement of a church within the Citicorp Center, has rolled up their sleeves and -- with great care and determination -- made a "new" musical out of Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick's The Rothschilds.

What to See on Broadway This Fall? Ask the Producers.

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Of course, the season has already crowned one giant hit, Hamilton, that will inevitably define it. But there is still much to come.

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.

45 Years of No-Fault Divorce: What Would Tevye Think?

Tara Fass | Posted 05.23.2016 | Divorce
Tara Fass

We entered this interview with the agreement that Theodore Bikel would be in the character of Tevye, who is now 250 years old. Tevye is the simple 'Everyman,' this multi-hyphenate folksinger, actor and peace activist made famous in the Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Poland Embracing Multi-Ethnic Past, So What's Wrong With Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Another country is seeking to define its own national identity: Ukraine. Like Poland, Kiev has not had the brightest record when it comes to the local Jewish population. Though anti-Semitism has been over-hyped and exaggerated in the country, Ukraine has much to answer for.

'Fiddler on the Roof' -- Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 09.11.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Old habits die hard. Especially when the habits are religious traditions and the agents of change seek to persecute those traditions. "Fiddler on the Roof," written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is a moving and painful account of the conflict.

There's Always Someone Jewish

Kipp Friedman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Kipp Friedman

"Nice hamsa!" said the young barista as we passed by the little coffee shop during an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen. My wife, Anne, and I w...

Ex-Seinfeld Writer Fred Stoller Gets Serious and Returns to Stand-up Comedy

Steve Karras | Posted 06.01.2014 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Fred Stoller is one funny guy. He wrote the book on character acting (literally -- it's called Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star), and now he's returning to his roots as a stand-up comic.

Musicals in Popular Songs? A History

Alex Schattner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Stefani's take on Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Was a Rich Man" was the jumping off point for her solo career. I don't think the writers of Fiddler could have foreseen their tale of a humble, Jewish man's mid-life crisis inspiring a bleach-blonde Japanophile.

Commentary: Are the '70s Movies Overrated?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lists of the greatest this or the best that are provocations and nothing more. Whether it's a critic offering his 10-best list of films (or books or ...

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

Fiddler on My Roof

Kirk Douglas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kirk Douglas

Everyone talks about Fiddler on the Roof but did they ever see a fiddler on the roof? I had the sculptor Aris Demetrios make a sculpture of a fiddler and I placed it on top of my roof. At night the lights make it visible to everyone.

Matchmaking Undone: Something Borrowed, Blue, Old and New

Tara Fass | Posted 06.22.2013 | Divorce
Tara Fass

So while something old, such as matchmaking, preserves the continuity of tradition; something new is divorce, which offers hope for renewal and optimism for the future.

The Story of a Jewish Violin

Shai Baitel | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Shai Baitel

This Israeli-born artist was classically trained since the tender age of five. And only seven year later she would be given a violin by the legendary Isaac Stern. If Stern could foresee how far this violin, played by Ben-Ari, would go?

Bel Kaufman Is 101 and Still Writing

Joan Gage | Posted 09.26.2012 | Fifty
Joan Gage

I was thrilled to find an article by 101-year-old Bel Kaufman in Vogue's "Age Issue" and to learn that she's as witty and wise and defiant of the status quo as ever.