WORDS & MUSIC
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is what we both know and love."
Also included in The Marcy and
Zina Show are songs from their other
cabaret shows, such as their world-
famous "Taylor the Latte Boy," a
sweetly innocent yet witty ditty about
the cute boy who works at their local
The show, as Goldrich puts it, is
an evening with our songs and us."
What's In Store
That translates to an evening bursting
with wit both sharp and soft, deliv-
ered by the lovely voices of two best
pals who bask in the joy of their
friendship as much as they do in the
joy of actually being able to live the
lives they've always dreamed of —
performing their own songs on a
stage just for us.
"I thank my lucky stars every day
that I can do this," says Goldrich.
"But it's our friendship that fuels
the work," says Heisler, also known as
"the curly-haired one."
"Zina is very centered and she
grounds me. I make her laugh. She's
more subtle. I wear my heart on my
nose, but she can also be very funky
and silly. We bring out the best in
each other. I think our music is an
extension of that endless conversation
from when we first met." Since then,
Goldrich has married and had two
children, while Heisler is finding her
way in New York City's dating pool.
"So many people write these bitter
songs about love. We write about
searching for a connection. Zina's
happily married, a wonderful mother,
and that lends a sweetness to what we
do," explains Heisler. "I'm single,
having all these funny episodes that
single people in the city have. I share
in the love and grounded home life
that Zina has, and she shares in my
And laced throughout their songs are
bits of Jewish references, not con-
sciously, says Heisler, but "because
that's just a part of who we are."
Adds Goldrich, "We're funny
Jewish girls. I think people respond
to that kind of familiarity and sensi-
For example, in the song "Music of
Your Life," Goldrich sings: "There's a
part of me that wants to be a critical
success/There's a part of me that
doesn't want to risk it/There's a part
that wants to make the perfect music
for her words/There's a part that
wants to make the perfect brisket."
And later in the same song: "There
are times when I have yearned for
recognition on the stage/Times I
wonder when I'll finish paying
dues/There are times my head is
filled with Who am I? Where am I
going?'/Other times my head is filled
with Prada shoes."
Though the lyrics, as always, were
written by Heisler, they convey with
humor a kernel of truth from the
women's lives, particularly Goldrich's.
"I like to say my husband and I
have a mixed marriage," she explains.
"I grew up in a very non-religious
household. We were left of Reform.
And my husband is somewhere
between Reform and Conservative.
"But I've discovered so many beau-
tiful things about being Jewish since
being married to Aaron. It's really
added a lot to my life, and it brings
my family closer together — my chil-
dren have a warm, tight-knit family.
"He's made such a balabusta out of
me," she laughs.
In fact, she adds, the cantor at her
synagogue 'in New York City asked
her to write a version of "Ein
Keloheinu," which was then sung
during services. "I took great pride in
it," Goldrich adds.
Heisler was raised in a "warm
Jewish family," she says; her father
served as president of the family's
synagogue in Glencoe, Ill. "Judaism
gives me a sense of optimism, a sense
of humor, a sense of history that I
think is innately Jewish.
"Writing songs is constantly asking
questions, and Judaism is about ask-
ing questions and debating. It's part
of who I am," she says. "But so is
writing about the nice Jewish boys
Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich
will perform for Temple Beth El's
"New York Cabaret Night," also
featuring Rachel Gottlieb, TBE's
cantorial soloist, and Temple
Israel Cantor Michael Smolish, 8
p.m. Thursday, March 10, at
Temple Beth El in Bloomfield
Township. Cocktails and hors
d'oeuvres begin at 7 p.m. Tickets
are $20 per person/$50 for
patrons (includes reserved seat-
ing). Call 248-865-0617.
The Marcy and Zina Show
comes to the Kerrytown Concert
House in Ann Arbor 4 and 7
p.m. Sunday, March 13. $15-
$30. (734) 769-2999.
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