02/03 UMS Fall Season
Emerson String Quartet
Lauded globally as a string quartet that
Rackham Auditorium • Ann Arbor
approaches both classical and contemporary
music with equal mastery and enthusiasm,
the Emerson String Quartet returns for its
tenth UMS concert. With six Grammy awards,
including two for Best Classical Album, the
Emersons "give playing of exceptional techni-
String Quartet in e minor, Op. 116
String Quartet No 8, Op. 110
expressive range. They continually offer new
String Quartet in d minor, D. 810
insights into some endlessly enthralling
cal accomplishment and an unusually wide
("From My Life")
Adam Sandler voices an ex-Jewish Community Center basketball star named Davey
Stone in "Eight Crazy Nights."
music. Do hear them." (Gramophone)
("Death and the Maiden")
debut at age 17 (even his big brother,
Scott, admitted he stunk), Sandler
attended New York University and was
discovered by Saturday Night Live
executive producer Lorne Michaels at
a Los Angeles comedy club in 1990.
Sandler went on to write and per-
form for SNL for five years, creating
memorable characters such as the fop-
pish Operaman. He penned "The
Chanukah Song" after Michaels liked
a Thanksgiving ditty he'd written.
"I was walking down the street
when I thought up the first line," the
comic said. "It went, Paul Newman
is half Jewish/ Goldie Hawn is half
too/ Put them together/ What a fine-
Eventually, Sandler made a career of
playing endearing and not-so-endear-
ing losers, such as the bratty rich kid
who goes back to school in 1995's
He has suggested that his affinity for
playing loser-outcasts hails from grow-
ing up Jewish in Smalltown, USA, a
milieu depicted in Eight Crazy Nights.
The movie began when Columbia
Pictures' Amy Pascal heard the
"Whitey and Davey" sketch from
Sandler's 1999 comedy album Stan
and Judy's Kid and agreed it would
translate well into an animated film.
In a videotaped interview, Sandler,
looking scruffy in jeans and a T-shirt,
said he'd hoped to turn himself into a
cartoon character after "watching
myself over the years in the movies
getting progressively older and uglier."
Behind the scenes, his goal was lofti-
er: "At our first meeting he said, 'Let's
make a movie about Chanukah,'"
After studying holiday films such as
It's a Wonderful Life, the screenwriters
set up shop in a trailer near the set of
Sandler's 2000 film Little Nicky, in
which he played the son of the devil.
Covert, who gained 40 pounds to
play Nicky's gay roommate, recalled
how Sandler used to rush over from the
hell set between takes. "He'd have this
matted black hair and that damn cape
on and we'd be sitting there laughing;"
said Covert, who met Sandler in a his-
tory of comedy class at NYU.
Arthur, who provides the voice and
likeness for the film's bearded JCC rabbi,
served as the movie's Jewish consultant;
he taught the animators to correctly
light the cartoon menorah and provided
reading materials for his fellow writers.
Ultimately, they decided to empha-
size Chanukah's miracle theme rather
than describing the historical or reli-
gious aspects of the holiday. "We
opted not to tell the story of the
Greeks vs. the Maccabees to have a
more widespread appeal," Arthur said.
"I know Adam wanted to go that
way, and we felt that Columbia would
not want to treat the movie as a Bible
Some of the film's Jewish content is
played for laughs, however, such as a
scene in which the WASP-y townies
dance the kazatzka while singing a
But the movie's creators remain seri-
ous about Judaism. To help children ,
traumatized by suicide bombings,
Sandler scheduled a New York screen-
ing of Eight Crazy Nights to benefit a
children's psychiatric hospital in Israel.
Covert, meanwhile, said reading
about Chanukah, in part, inspired him
to schedule his bar mitzvah next year.
"In the end, Eight Crazy Nights is
about a Jewish guy who finds his
faith," Covert said. "And hey, it's
helped me find mine." E
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