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‘The Sound of Music’ in Hebrew Is Lovely — And Hilarious

By On September 29, 2016

The Sound of Music probably conjures up images of Julie Andrews skipping through lush alpine meadows with blonde children—not exactly the people or the landscape familiar to Israeli kids. But that hasn’t… 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

The Jewish Country Music Star

The Jewish Country Music King

By On July 24, 2014

He’s 6’7″, wears a long grey ponytail down his back, and was named Texas Musician of the Year in 2004. His name is Ray Benson, and in addition to being the founder of… Read More


The Cantor’s Son Behind “The Threepenny Opera”

By On February 11, 2014

An early-20th-century cantor’s son, steeped in the traditions of the old world, aspires for pop music stardom—and gets it. No, we’re not talking about Al Jolson. We’re talking about Kurt Weill. Weill (b. 1900)… 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


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


It’s All About the Fruit

By On September 8, 2010

There’s a boy named Todd who’s a little bit sweet and a little bit snarky. There’s a deity named God who likes to pay him a visit every once in a while.… Read More