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WOODY ON STAGE
1111 he Woody Allen comedy Play
It Again, Sam will get a little
doctoring when it's performed
next week by Pontiac Theatte IV.
Dermatologist Jeffrey Shuster, a
Temple Israel member, will be the
director, and pediatrician Udi Kapen, a
one-time Congregation Shaarey Zedek
performer, will have the main role.
"The play has a nice, uplifting mes-
sage — be yourself," says Shuster, who
signed on with community theater after
his now college-age children got
involved. "This group is very family-ori-
ented, and my wife, Rhonda, is helping
as a producer. Our daughter, Amanda, is
in the cast, and our son, Daniel, will be
working with the technical gear.'
Play It Again, Sam, also a movie, is
about a drama critic who has just bro-
ken up with his wife. In fantasy, the
critic asks Humphrey Bogart for
advice to the lovelorn.
"I like taking a play from a bare
benefit for Kadima will be part
of the Fisher Theatre run of
Beauty and the Beast, the Tony
Award-winning musical coming to
town with stars Jennifer Shrader and
Kadima, which provides daily-living
services for those dealing with mental ill-
ness, has reserved seats for the matinee
performance May 4.
"What I like about the play is its
compendium of musical styles," com-
poser Alan Menken told The Jewish
stage to a full-scale production," says
Shuster, making his directorial debut
with the company that first put him
in front of an audience with the
musical - Oliver. "I also like the cama-
raderie and the chance to express
myself in a new way."
Kapen, who has been expressing
himself on stage since attending
Andover High School, is the main
character, Allan Felix.
Active with the Bloomfield Players,
Kapen took a seven-year break from
acting while he was in medical school
and doing his residency.
"I've had some of the most fun
while acting," the pediatrician says. "I
bring some of the performing arts into
the examining room to help distract
children from their illnesses."
Play It Again, Sam will be per-
formed 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday
and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1-3,
at Pontiac Northern High School,
1051 Arlene. $8/$7 students and sen-
iors. (248) 737-9039.
News when the show first appeared in
Detroit. "When I hear my own score
on the stage, stylistically it reminds me
of so many musicals I grew up with."
Beauty and the Beast runs April 29-
May 18 at Detroit's Fisher Theatre.
Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-
Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2
and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (no evening
performance on May 9), with an addi-
tional matinee 1 p.m. Thursday, May
8. $22.50-$62.50. (313) 872-1000.
The Kadima benefit performance, 2
p.m. Sunday, May 4, is $85 per per-
son. (248) 559-8235.
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n ecumenical memorial tribute
to the crew of the Columbia
will being held 3 p.m. Sunday,
April 27, at Temple Beth El. Cantor
David Montefiore will perform
Haydn's The Creation with the
Oakland University Community
Chorus and Orchestra under the
direction of Frederic De Haven.
"With the din of war in the Middle
East, the spirit of the crew of the
Columbia beckons all of us to bring to
closure the events of the Columbia
tragedy and honor the crew's ultimate
sacrifice," Montefiore says. "This also
is particularly significant for the Jewish
community because of the loss of Ilan
Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut."
The Creation, which made its Viennese
premiere in 1799, is a portrait of the
seven days of the world's beginning as
explained in Genesis with some poetic
reinforcement from Milton's Paradise Lost.
The Haydn piece begins with a
depiction of chaos before the world was
formed and brings extraordinary effects
with a burst of orchestral glory at the
announcement, And there was light!"
De Haven, music director and organist
at Christ Church in Grosse Pointe, will
be working with other soloists as well:
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