OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 18, 2012
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
A musical adaptation of Abigail Pogrebin’s best-selling book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. This world premiere musical is a snapshot of Jewish identity told through interviews with some of America’s most recognizable public figures, including: Gloria Steinem, Leonard Nimoy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Andy Cohen, Joan Rivers, Aaron Sorkin, Tony Kushner, Fran Drescher, and more. You don’t have to be Jewish to connect with this funny and engrossing song-cycle featuring original music by Broadway’s finest composer/lyricists, including William Finn, Tom Kitt, Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Marc Shaiman, and Duncan Sheik!
Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award
With fantastic material, an outstanding cast, and uniform wit and charm,
this was show was a pleasure to watch from beginning to end.
– Edge Philadelphia
TALENT GALORE! – Philadelphia Weekly
This production is ALL YOU COULD ASK FOR! – City Paper
Impressive! A fascinating mix of Jewish identities and public figures. – KYW News Radio
Delightful! Songwriters are well-matched to their subject. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Revealing and Entertaining…Honest and Compelling – Jewish Women
Charles Busch is a comic playwright of the first rank.– New York Daily News
Abigail Pogrebin (Original Book) a former 60 Minutes producer for Mike Wallace, is the author of “Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish” and “One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to be Singular” – both Doubleday publications. Her bestselling Amazon Kindle Single, “Showstopper,” chronicled her teenage adventures in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” She writes for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, and Huffington Post, and she moderates the interview series, “What Everyone’s Talking About” at The JCC in Manhattan.
Charles Busch (Book) is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. Charlesbusch.com