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March 17, 1995 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-03-17

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n a world of showoff showmen,
worldy producer Peter Klein
is a classic case of a class
act.
The enterprising entrepreneur
has learned to let the product do
the talking, and in his latest ven-
ture, there is much to talk about.
As president of Living Arts
Inc., Mr. Klein is producing Por-
gy & Bess, the Gershwin classic
celebrating its 60th anniversary
with a national tour.
'What an incredible story this
has to tell," Mr. Klein says of the
American opera that takes place
on Charleston's black Catfish
Row with its colorful tales of love
and life's lost opportunities.
Peter Klein has his own no-
table story to tell, operatic in its
own right: Lights up on a Jewish
native of Transylvania who goes
on to do battle in Israel's Six-Day
War, moves on to America to
study under the legendary Sol
Hurok and becomes a prominent
producer in his own right.
In scripting his life's libretto,
Peter Klein has made book on a
sense of adventure.
His story travels well — as has
Mr. Klein.
"The real reason I moved to
America," says the New Yorker,
"was because after spending my

Michael Elkin is the
entertainment editor of the
Jewish Exponent in
Philedelphia.

first 18 years under the Com-
munist boot [in Transylvania,
Hungary] and the next five in Is-
rael — where I fought in the Six-
Day War — I was curious to see
what the rest of the civilized
world was like."
So he came to New York?
"Well, first I lived in Italy, then
Paris, and Germany, but I didn't
feel at home."
He found the welcome mat out
for him in New York — with
someone eager to pull it right out
from under him before he became
too comfortable.
"I arrived in New York with
$200 in my pocket P maybe
$210," Mr. Klein smiles.
After surviving the '67 War,
was he primed to do battle with
the mean streets of New York? "I
didn't feel any danger," he says.
Within a month, he was held
up twice.
"That was enough," recalls Mr.
Klein.
After running into gunmen in
New York, robbed of his sense of
safety, Peter Klein sensed that
the land of milk and honey was
looking sweeter by the minute.
"At least if I was going to get
killed in Israel," he says with a
chuckle, recalling his war days,
"it would be for a good cause."
But there was other cause
for concern. "I didn't have the
money for a plane ticket, and I
was too embarrassed to ask
my parents [in Israel] for the

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