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January 23, 2004 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-01-23

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Harold" ...and the Boys with
James Earl Jones and Long
Day's Journey Into Night
with Jack Lemmon, Kevin
Spacey and Peter Gallagher.
The producer, who keeps
Hebrew show posters on
his office wall, was part of a
Movin' Out production
team that included James
Nederlander, Hal Luftig,
Scott Nederlander, Terry
Allen Kramer and Clear
Channel Entertainment.
Producer Emanuel (Manny) Azenberg "Jewish.
He believes aspects of his
charm — as opposed to Jewish chutzpah — helps
Jewish-tinged personality
move a show along."
have led to his success.
"Jewish charm — as opposed to
Directors Guild of America Award for
Jewish chutzpah — helps move a
Outstanding Directorial
show along," he explains about tak-
Achievement. Although she had never
ing on responsibility for the creative
met the man with whom she would
environment, morale, economics and
collaborate, the dance legend made a
physical elements of productions. "It
direct approach to Joel, the Jewish
involves suppressing one's own ego
singer-songwriter who has sold more
and needs while making everyone
than 100 million records, had 33 Top
work for the benefit of the company
40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations.
and the end result.
"Whatever suggestions I've given
"I will decide to work on a show if it
for Movin' On have been filtered
moves me, if it makes me laugh or
through the brains of Twyla and
makes me cry. If a play can emotionalize
Billy," Azenberg says. "No producer
a viewer, it has a chance. Sometimes,
in his right mind would ever suggest
shows have only emotionalized me, and
he participated in something that the
the critics haven't liked them.
creators want to protect.
"It used to be that a successful pro-
"These are delicate areas, and pro-
ducer had to have taste and a spirit
ducers are peripheral. It's a team, and
of adventure. Now, it just takes lots
everybody participates in his own way
of money."
and sometimes in ways not expected.
Two shows that have emotionalized
The essence of this production belongs
Azenberg on a very personal level
to Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp." ❑
have been Neil Simon's Brighton
Beach Memoirs and Tom Stoppard's
The Real Thing. The first took him
Movin' Out runs Jan. 27-Feb. 15
back to his own past growing up in a
at the Fisher Theatre.
Jewish home. The second served as
Performance times are 8 p.m.
an explanation of life more than any
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m.
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because of it.
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The idea for Movin' On came from
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Tharp, who has created more than
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125 dances, choreographed five
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