On-and-Off Broadway Jewish Personalities """ N
Mrs. SOPHIE B. ENGEL has
By GEORGE FRIEDMAN
7. - v.
by Max M. Fisher, council - presi-
composer Andre Previn; "Com. in Richard Rodgers'"Two by Two," been appointed consultant on plan- dent. In her new post, Mrs. Engel
(copyright Ism .rrA, Inc.)
will assist federations esp:cially
" 'Light, Lively and Yiddish,' a poser Stephen Sondheim ("West
Garden," written and directed research department of the Coun- in community planning f, •r the
new musical in both Yiddish and Side Story," "Gypsy," "A Funny a
aged, and in family a id child
English starring Ben Bonus, will
Thing Happened on the Way to Broadhurst, and Neil Simon's "The
premiere on Oct. 27 at the Belasco the Forum".) and director Har- Gingerbread Lady," Dec. 2 at the Welfare Funds, it was announced welfare.
Theater," began the news release. old Prince ("A Family Affair,"
Plymouth. (Mr. Simon says his
The second paragraph, though,
"She Loves Me," "Baker play after that will be "a con-
was the kicker. "The move to the
Street," "Cabaret," "Zorba"); temporary version of a biblical
1,000-seat Belasco Theater on
"Plaza Suite," with author Neil story—very funny and very Crag
Broadway will mark the end of Simon and director Mike Nichols ic.") Woody Allen will probably
Second Avenue as the home of
("Barefoot in the Park," "Luv," star in his new comedy, "I Don't
Yiddish theater in New York, "The Odd Couple," "The Apple Know," earmarked for an unspeci:
since no Yiddish shows are sched- Tree"), and "Purlie," with co- fied fall date. Ron Field will direct
uled there for this fall."
author and composer Gary Geld and choreograph a musicalization
It was really only a matter of
of "Two for the Seesaw," with
and director Philip Rose.
time. The Second Avenue Yiddish
(Previn's sister Leah recently book by Joseph Stein, and score
theaters have regularly over the lived for a while at Bar Kai kib- by the team of John Kaner and
Fred Ebb ("Flora, The Red Men-
years been converted into movie utz near Hadera.)
houses, parking lots, laundromats
The five shows said to have one
For better Selections
and who-knows-what-elses. Worse, Jew in the major categories are Time," "Zorba"), and "70-Girls-
and to 'assure Holiday Delivery
yet, the 12th Street Yiddish the "Forty Carats," with director Abe 70," based on the Terry-Thomas
ater, which became the Gayety Burrows ("Guys and Dolls," as film "Make Mine Mink." Stephen
burlesque house, is now, as the co-writer, "How to Succeed in Sondheim and Harold Prince alp
Eden, exposing "Oh! Calcutta!," Business Without Really Trying"); preparing a musical called "Fol-
the show that gives you the bare "Hello, Dolly!" with lyricist and lies." The Barry Sisters say they
maximum, and poor old Ludwig composer Jerry Herman ("Milk will do a two-woman show.
Satz must be plotzing in his ,grave. and Honey," "Mame," "Dear
Among the miscellany, "To Be
FERNDALE, MICHIGAN 48220
(The phenomenon is not solely World"); "Last of the Red Hot or Not to Be—What Kind of a
American. This summer Britain's Lovers," with author Neil Simon; Question Is That?," a revue about
last Yiddish theater, the Grand "Man of La Mancha," with author Israel today, starring Israeli sol-
Palais, turned into a cinema.)
Dale. Wasserman ("One Flew Over dier-turned actor Moti Gilad
Daily 9 8./L - I P.M,
There is some consolation in the Cuckoo's Nest"), and "1776," opens a five-week run at the Bar-
Nov. 1st, INS
the almost-30 per cent repre- with co-star Howard Da Silva bizon Plaza on Oct. 13, followed
Daily 9 A.M. 9 PA.
("Oklahoma!" "Firerello," "Dear by a national tour, and veteran
sentation of Jews among the
Saadays 12 Rasa to $ P.M.
star s, playwrights, lyricists, Me, the Sky Is Falling," "The character actor Joseph Buloff
composers and directors on Unknown Soldier and His Wife"). ("Oklahoma!") stars in I. S.
"Butterflies Are , Free," the Singer's "The Brothers Ashken-
Broadway today (in addition to
the extensive Jewish representa- story of a blind youth, is based azi," Oct. 28 at the Folksbiene.
on the life of Harold Krents, son
tion among supporting players,
extras, producers and audi- of Milton E. Krents, coordinator Comforting Afflicted
ences.) Of the 16 shows cur- of the William E. Wiener Oral
The job of the newspaper is to
rently playing Broadway ("Bor• History Library of the American comfort the afflicted and afflict
stal Boy" returns in the fall- Jewish Committee.
the comfortable. — F. P. Dunne
after a hiatus), no fewer than
12 are believed to have at least way shows that have closed in-
David Burns in Art Buch-
one Jew among the above- cluded
wald's "Sheep on the Runway,"
' named five talent categories. Molly
Picon and Sam Levene in
Altogether, there are believed to "Paris is Out!," Miss
be 24 such persons, all but five Ben Hecht's 'The Front Page,"
of whom have won or been nom- Levene and Jack Gifford in
inated for Antoinette Perry "Three Men on a Horse," Lou
(Tony) Awards for theatrical ex- Jacobi in "Norman, Is That You?,"
cellence. The "most Jewish" Shelley Winters in the Marx
shows appear to be "Fiddler on Brothers-based "Minnie's Boys,"
the Roof" and "Applause," with Joseph Wiseman in "In the Matter
five each, and "Promises,
of J. Robert Oppenheimer," Woody
Promises," with three.
Allen in his own "Play It Again,
Following is a rundown of the Sam" David Opatoshu in "Does a
major current Broadway talent Tiger Wear a Necktie?," and Her-
Another Rosh Hashana is with us and during
known or believed by those close schel Bernardi and Maria Karni-
to the theatrical scene to be Jew- lova in "Zorba." Also presented
these holy days. many of us will pause and re-
ish, by heritage if not by observ- was the imported "New Music
flect on our activities and roles in life which we
ance. Short of personal interviews Hall of
The 1969-70 season was unu-
with all Broadway celebrities,
have fulfilled during the past year.
sual in that it gave the White
there cannot be certainty regard-
Way a new—and black—Jew-
ing their religion, as the inclusion
ish star! He is Yaphet Kotto,
And if we sound a bit prouder this year, it's- be-
of such information in contracts
who succeeded James Earl
and other documentation is, in a
cause we've just been awarded the Silver Trophy,
sterling demonstration of nondis-
RICHARD H. LOVE, C.L.U.
for the second time in two years. This trophy
crimination, alien to the world_ of pion in "The Great White Hope,"
the theatre. Earlier major Broad-
is Dominion Life's highest award for excellence
ler. Kotto's Jewish father named
way credits are indicated in par-
him after Noah's third and
entheses; space does not permit
youngest son, Japheth.
the inclusion of motion picture or
Off-Broadway (the Great
This top Company award would not have been
"Fiddler," according to sources, White Way?), author-playwright
has author Joseph Stein ("Take Brrice Jay Friedman is currently
Possible without the fine rapport we have en-
Me Along," "Zorba"), lyricist represented by "Steambath," and
joyed with you, our clients. We hope we have
Sheldon Harnick and composer lyricist Herb Shapiro and com-
Jerry Bock ("Fiorello!," "Tender- poser Gary William Friedman have
helped you bridge gaps in your personal and
loin " "She Loves Me," "The
family security. We hope our efforts have re-
Apple Tree"). director Jerome Knows." Alice Playten, nee Plotkin
("Gypsy." "0 liver !," "Hello
Robbins ("West Side Story," Dolly!."
sulted in a happier and more secure future for
"Gypsy") and the current Tevye, Henry"), the squeaky bride in an
Paul Lipson. "Applause" has co- Alka-Seltzer commercial, co-stars
author Adolph Green ("Wonderful in
"The Last Sweet Days of Isaac."
Town," "Bells Are Ringing," "Do This past Off-Broadway season
Sincerest wishes for a Happy New Year.
Re Mi." "Hallelujah Baby!"), also saw Jules Feiffer's "Little i
composer Charles Strotise ("Bye Murders" and "White House Mur-
Bye Birdie," "All American." der Case, - directed by Alan Arkin;
-"Golden Boy," "It's a Bird .
Elly Stone in :'Jacques Brel Is
It's a Plane . . It's Superman"). Alive and Well and Living in
director Ron Field ("Cabaret," Paris": "Unfair to Goliath," by
"Zorba," both as choreographer). Ephraim Kishon, the writer and
Richard H. Love, C.L.U. Manager
star Lauren Bacall ("Goodbye, director of the Topol film "Sallah";
Moe Leiter, Associate Manager
Charlie," "Cactus Flower") and "From Israel With Laughter,"
featured actress Bonnie Franklin. and Ida Kaminska's production of
In "Promises • its author Neil "Mirele Efros." Far-Off-Broadway,
1766 Penobscot Building
Simon ("Come Blow Your Horn,"- the Workmen's Circle presented
Detroit, Mkbigon 48226
"Little Me," "Barefoot in the its third annual one-night-only
Park," "Th-e Odd Couple," "Sweet Yiddish Theatre and Music Fes-
Charity," "The Star Spangled tival at Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Girl," "Plaza Suite," "Last of the
On the schedule for fall Broad-
When it comes to insurance—it's
Red Hot Lovers"), composer Burt way openings, in addition to
- Bacharach and star Jerry Orbach. "Light, Lively and Yiddish," are
The four shows believed to the Harnick-Bock musicalization
have two Jews each in the five of Frederic Morton's book "The
major talent areas are "Coco," Rothschilds," Oct. 18 at the Lunt-
with author and lyricist Alan Fontanne ; Jacob Jacobs' The
Jay Lerner ("Ihigadoon," President's Daughter," ; starring
"Paint Your Wagon," "My Fair Chayele Rosenthal, Oct: 27 at the
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Lad.Y." "Camelot," "On a Clear Billy Rose; Danny Kaye (as Noah)
Day You Can See Forever") and and Harry Goz (a former Tevye),
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