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This Hot Yiddish Play Featured Broadway’s First Lesbian Kiss

By On March 20, 2017

When God of Vengeance first premiered in English on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast was brought to court on charges of indecency for featuring a lesbian kiss—a Broadway first. The prolific… Read More


Alexander Hamilton Was a Jewish Day School Boy

By On December 12, 2016

  If you’ve ever wondered, amid the frenzy over the musical Hamilton, “But what’s the Jewish angle?” have we got the story for you. Consider this about America’s favorite 18th-century illegitimate statesman: As a boy, he attended… Read More


This Austrian Jew Played ‘Fiddler’s’ Tevye 2000 Times

By On September 23, 2016

A couple months ago, the world lost a truly singular talent: a man of exceptional range and kindness, a real gutte neshuma (a good soul). That man was 91-year-old Theodore Bikel: actor, singer,… Read More

"Hamilton" Fans Have This Jewish Biographer To Thank

“Hamilton” Fans Have This Jewish Biographer To Thank

By On June 13, 2016

Before getting jealous that you have to wait till 2018 for your chance to see “Hamilton” while a fellow named Ron Chernow has seen the Tony-sweeping Broadway musical about 40 times, note… Read More

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2014: The Year “Fiddler” Turns 50

By On January 1, 2014

Was there ever a real-life shtetl as joyful, as funny, as musical and, ultimately, as heartbreaking as Anatevka? Probably not. But after five decades, “our little village” in Fiddler on the Roof still embodies what… Read More


Carlebach Hits Broadway

By On September 17, 2013

Soul Doctor, the new Broadway musical based on Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach‘s life, has all the charm and kitsch and cringe of the genre. Traveling full circle from Vienna and stopping in New York,… Read More


West Side Story, The Catholic-Jewish Version

By On September 3, 2013

Imagine gritty NYC streets in the 1950s. An Irish Catholic boy falls for a Jewish girl, a Holocaust survivor and recent immigrant. Their families violently pursue each other, and it all ends… Read More


Hello, Gorgeous: Half a Century of Barbra

By On June 5, 2013

In a career that started when Kennedy was president, Barbra Streisand has managed to create 3 larger-than-life personas. First, she was the Serious Singer, the one who could hold her own in… Read More


America’s Most Musical Tale of Protestants, Blacks, and Jews

By On August 5, 2011

In Ragtime, an enormous and varied cast of characters knocks shoulders with each other–black and white, upper-class and working-class, fictional and real (Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman, and Sigmund Freud all appear). Originally a novel by E.L. Doctorow,… Read More