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Talia Suskauer in Wicked.

Why this Broadway star brings her Jewishness to the Wicked Witch of the West

Rebecca Salzhauer, Forward August 19, 2021

Talia Suskauer first stepped onto the stage at her synagogue’s preschool as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” Now, she’s starring as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the national tour of the musical “Wicked.” After making her Broadway...

“Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” by Todd-Purdum

Some enchanted reading… about Rodgers & Hammerstein

BY JUDITH NEWMARK, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 7, 2019

Todd S. Purdum never saw a Rodgers & Hammerstein show at the Muny.But when he was growing up in Macomb, Ill., he saw lots of other musicals at the Forest Park theater. “We came to the Muny quite often,” recalled Purdum, a staff writer at Vanity...

From left, Jordan Gelber, Kendra-Kassebaum, Jared-Gertner and Orville-Mendoza perform in the Muny production of Guys and Dolls. Photo: Phillip Hamer/THE MUNY 

Muny’s 101st season opens with a spectacular ‘Guys and Dolls’

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 12, 2019

For its 101stseason opener, the Muny selected “Guys and Dolls,” considered by many to be the best American musical comedy of all time, whose fame was enhanced by a film based on the Broadway show.Unveiling state-of-the-art renovations, including a...

Farah Alvin

Former St. Louisan produces hit-filled cabaret revue

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT October 26, 2017

New York native and theater impresario Scott Siegel created his popular “Broadway’s Greatest Hits of All Time!” musical revue two years ago at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan. On Nov. 3, he takes the show on the road, and St. Louis is the first...

“New York’s Yiddish Theater:  From the Bowery to Broadway” by Edna Nahshon;  Columbia University Press, in association with the Museum of the City of New York; 328 pages, $40

Book, exhibit celebrate New York’s Yiddish Theater

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 13, 2016

One of the great ironies in the entertainment world is the endurance of a fear that a play, film or TV show might be “too Jewish” for general audiences. Broadway and Hollywood owe their very existence to their roots in Yiddish theater, a fact that...

Tim Schall, Johanna Elkana-Hale, Elise LaBarge and Jeff Wright will perform during Cabaret NJT

NJT presents pre-season cabaret event

August 23, 2012

Prior to the opening of the first production of its 16th season, the New Jewish Theatre will present “Cabaret NJT”, an evening of music and song, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Some of the best cabaret talent St. Louis has to offer (all alumni from...

Idina Menzel performing on her 2012 tour. 

Gleefully Wicked: Q&A with Idina Menzel

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT June 13, 2012

Maybe you know her as Elphaba in the original Broadway cast of “Wicked,” perhaps you saw her as Maureen in the original Broadway cast of “Rent” (or the movie version) or possibly you caught her appearances on television’s “Glee.” Regardless...

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