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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-08-22

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A CLASSIC BATTLE OF THE SEXES!
WINNER! 2000 TONY AWARD®

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

and his current repertoire of original
music includes songs like "That
Stove is Hot" and "Please, Don't
Tease the Bees."
He also puts on annual Chanukah
concerts, filled with lots of "silly
Hebrew school songs," like "A Million
Matzah Balls," and featuring the pup-
pets Larry the Latke and Murray the
Matzah Ball.
Friedman's old Hebrew school
teacher, the learned scholar Rabbi
Schlamazel, who reportedly hails from
the tiny Russian village of Chelm and
bears a striking resemblance to
Friedman in a long, gray beard, also
makes an appearance.
"There's not a big difference between
performing for 10,000 people on a
stage or sitting on the floor in a kinder-
garten surrounded by a dozen little
kids," Friedman said. "The essence of
the exchange of music is the same."
In England, Friedman still appears
on the occasional sit-corn or talk show.
To promote his newest album, The
Treehouse Journals, an eclectic mix of
folk, country, jazz, pop and rock — as
well as to commemorate the 25th
anniversary of the British release of his
earlier albums, Dean Friedman and
"Well Well," Said the Rocking Chair —
Friedman has organized a 30-city
United Kingdom tour this fall.
"I could actually make a living there
as a musician," said Friedman, who
also is planning some U.S. gigs.
"But we never moved because, up
until this year, there was a quarantine
for animals." He explained that his
wife, Allison, is a zoologist, and the
two — along with their tykes, Hannah
and Sam — have two cats, a dog and
a pet monkey.
But Friedman seemed content with
the attention he's gotten from his Web
site, which gets 10,000 to 20,000 hits
a month.
"People find the site and write and
say things like, 'I can't believe I finally
found you — I've been looking for
your records for 25 years, because my
girlfriend took them when she moved
out.' Or 'Thanks for helping me get
through college,' or 'through my
divorce," Friedman said. "And I get
lots of e-mails from girls named
Ariel.'' E
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Arts & Entertainment Editor
Gail Zimmerman contributed
to this article.

To order Dean Friedman's CDs and
find out about his touring schedule,
go to wwvv.deanfrieciman.com .

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