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Turning Mah Jongg, the game, into a Broadway musical, is a labor of love

Turning Mah Jongg, the game, into a Broadway musical, is a labor of love

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 23, 2022

Watching a game of mahjong can be harder to follow than a hockey game. Both move fast, but instead of following a puck and skaters, mahjong is a blur of hands and tiles. That’s probably why it's not a spectator sport -- until now, sort of.  Because...

Susie Joffe started working at the Muny, part-time in 1981.

Mazel tov to Susie Joffe on 32 seasons at the Muny

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 17, 2022

I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of U.S. Department of Labor statistics to prove my point, but people who reach two or three decades in one workplace are becoming a rarity.  (Here are the stats if you want them.) A rarity yes, but longtime workers...

Do you know this Jew? She was a silent film superstar of the 1920s

Do you know this Jew? She was a silent film superstar of the 1920s

Published June 16, 2022

(New York Jewish Week) — Hundreds of tourists and midtown office workers cross the intersection of 39th Street and Broadway every day — and most probably don’t realize they are passing a crucial site of Jewish, LGBTQ and theater history. That...

An image from Dear Jack, Dear Louise at New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Jon Gitchoff

St. Louis Jewish couples spill their secrets to long, happy marriages

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 16, 2022

As Jewish Light critic Judith Newmark wrote in her recent review of the New Jewish Theatre's current production of "Dear Jack, Dear Louise": The audiences most apt to appreciate “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” are baby boomers, people whose parents lived...

Billy Crystal performs ‘Yiddish scat’ at the Tony Awards

Billy Crystal performs ‘Yiddish scat’ at the Tony Awards

ANDREW LAPIN , JTAPublished June 13, 2022

(JTA) – “Ella Fitzgerald, wherever you are, I apologize in advance.” Billy Crystal gave this year’s Tonys a jolt of Jewish shtick when he coaxed the audience into a call-and-response “Yiddish scat” routine, as part of a live performance...

An image from Dear Jack, Dear Louise at New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Jon Gitchoff

NJT review: Love at the speed of snail mail

JUDITH NEWMARK, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 12, 2022

The audiences most apt to appreciate “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” are baby boomers, people whose parents lived through World War Two. But let’s hope that some of them bring their teenaged grandchildren along. They might be fascinated by the New Jewish...

Parents’ wartime letters inspired playwright

Parents’ wartime letters inspired playwright

BY JUDITH NEWMARK , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished June 7, 2022

Ken Ludwig has no idea why his mother destroyed the letters that she and his father exchanged during World War II. “Maybe they were too intimate” for anyone else to read, mused the playwright, a man whose many credits include the sparkling musical...

Ryan Lawson-Maeske and Molly Diane Burris perform in New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise.’  Photo: Jon Gitchoff

The New Jewish Theatre has a “sweetheart” of a promotion

Published June 6, 2022

The J’s New Jewish Theatre will continue its 24thseason in June with the romantic comedy, Dear Jack, Dear Louise from June 9 – 26, 2022. The show follows the tremendous success of the season’s last show, Laughter on the 23rd floor. “I am so...

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