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  • Jewish actor Mark Nelson relishes chance to be part of ‘Cabaret’

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    When a brick is thrown through his shop window at the start of the second act of the musical “Cabaret,” the character Herr Schultz, a Jewish widower and fruit vendor, tries to convince his non-Jewish fiancée that prankster schoolchildren, not Nazis, are responsible.

    But she is...

  • ‘Weeds’ star Justin Kirk: From rolling papers to ‘paper bullets’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    Justin Kirk is perhaps best known for playing one of the naughtiest Jewish characters ever to have graced the small screen: On Showtime’s “Weeds,” he portrayed Andy Botwin — brother-in-law to Mary-Louise Parker’s pot-selling widow — who dodges military service by signing up for, of...

  • This weekend,  ‘Enter Laughing’ at the Wallis

    February 4, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    The superlatives fall liberally and un-begrudgingly out of Carl Reiner’s mouth in praise of a musical he claims reaches new comic heights. Given Reiner’s own pedigree in making people laugh across the spectrum of TV (“Your Show of Shows,”  “The Dick Van Dyke Show”) books and movies...

  • Temple Israel to hold star-studded musical gala

    April 10, 2013 | 6:21 am

    With a little help from his friends — and “Friends” — Danny Maseng is working to reinvent Temple Israel of Hollywood’s (TIOH) annual gala.

    Sure, the wine, dinner and honorees will be at the Hollywood Boulevard synagogue on the evening of April 27. But so will a number of...

  • Actor feeds off ‘Mormon’s’ racy humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2012 | 11:22 am

    "My favorite kind of comedy is so wrong that it's right," actor Jared Gertner said.

    So it's fitting that he's starring in the blessedly twisted megahit musical "The Book of Mormon," which after scoring nine Tony Awards and a reputation for almost impossible-to-snag tickets has...

  • Adam Shankman melds worry with chutzpah in ‘Rock of Ages’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 13, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Five years ago, at Sadie Sandler’s first birthday party, at the estate of her father, Adam Sandler, filmmaker Adam Shankman was sitting in a plastic toddler’s chair when he was startled by another guest who sat down beside him.

    “He said, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Cruise,’ and I freaked out,”...

  • Tale of the ‘Stranger’ leaps from book to musical

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It was 1985, and many of the Ethiopian Jews who'd been airlifted from Sudan were being housed in a hotel in Netanya, Israel. When writer Sonia Levitin entered the temporary nursery, she was particularly struck by all the babies and toddlers who'd been born since their families had...
  • Frank, Dean and Sammy back from the dead and live on stage

    By Pat Sierchio

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Las Vegas in the early 1960s was a swinger's paradise; a glamorous desert oasis where high-rolling guys and dolls came to bake in the sun by day and party in the air-chilled casinos at night. And during those ring-a-ding years there was no place hotter or cooler in town than the...
  • Music: A Yiddish celebration with Buenos Aires style

    By Roberto Loiederman

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1950s, a few years after Yiddish culture in Europe had been decimated, there was a bustling metropolis in the Western Hemisphere that still had a thriving Yiddish culture.

    This city had a number of schools in which classes were taught in Yiddish; there was an active...

  • Theater: Sax on the mic molds music into ‘Clay’

    By Karla S. Blume

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Since the beginning of human history, man has struggled to figure out the meaning of life. This struggle has often been associated with a feeling of pain; a hurt often felt in real life and expressed many times through art. An idea of this magnitude is not lost on writer and solo...
  • Will ‘13’ Be Lucky?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In Jason Robert Brown's new rock musical, "13," the 13-year-old characters stand in a semicircle, staring bewilderedly at scraps of parchment.

    The teenagers in this show, which has its world premiere Jan. 7 at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, are non-Jewish students at a middle...

  • Ricky Ashley comes of age—on stage and off

    By Sarah Price Brown

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Here is a question for the rabbis: Can a teenager acting out a bar mitzvah on stage actually get credit for becoming a man? What if he has rehearsed for months? And what if he reads a real Haftorah?

    Ricky Ashley, the 17-year-old who stars in the new musical "13," never had a bar...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Beating out the Hollywood high-society contingent by a day, the Emanuel Arts Center kicks off their weeklong Festival of Jewish Music and Israeli Art with a gala of their own this evening. The itinerary includes a cantors concert with storyteller Ritasue, a dessert...