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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal 

Musical about Egyptian band’s stop in Israeli town is well worth a visit

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 27, 2020

When strangers unexpectedly descend on tiny, isolated town, you have the makings of . . . an award-winning musical.“Come from Away,” which played the Fox Theatre last year, tells the fact-based story of the residents of a Newfoundland hamlet who welcomed...

At left, Maria Karnilova, Tanya Everett, Zero Mostel, Julia Migenes and Joanna Merlin are shown backstage on the opening night of Fiddler on the Roof on Sept. 22, 1964. Above, the Imperial Theater in 1964. Photo: Associated Press/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films

Documentary explores the miracle that created ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 6, 2019

The delightful documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”  actually begins with a fiddler on a roof, but not the one we expect to see. A violinist in a tuxedo, seated on a New York rooftop garden, plays the familiar opening tune from the beloved...

Jon Marans

An updated ‘Paint Your Wagon’ is en route to the Muny


If you know Jon Marans strictly as the author of “Old Wicked Songs,” the Muny has a surprise in store for you, a surprise called “Paint Your Wagon.”True, the musical about the California Gold Rush is not an obvious follow-up to the sensitive,...

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 EmeritusPublished 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...

For more of Nancy Kranzberg’s commentary, listen to KWMU (90.7) St. Louis on the Air the first Friday of each month at approximately 12:50 p.m. She also hosts a weekly Arts Interview podcast for KDHX (88.1), available at artsinterview.kdhxtra.org.

Musical theater: The enduring, dynamic art form thrives in St. Louis arts scene

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 2, 2019

Whether or not you’re a lover of musical theater, one can’t help but notice that it surrounds our culture.  In 2017, “La La Land” won Academy Awards galore and other recent movie musicals such as “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Greatest...

Musicians perform during the 2013 Gesher Music Festival. This year’s festival will take place Aug. 11-21.

Columnist is happy to be back

Lois Caplan, Columnist EmeritusPublished July 20, 2016

BEING AWAY FROM THE LIGHT, the publication I dearly love, and its readers, has been painful. My gratitude to those who enticed me back is endless. So here, by request, are very special stories that, in my humble opinion, make our community a better place...

Jill Sobule, best known for her 1995 hit, ‘I Kissed A Girl,’  wrote the music for a new interpretation of ‘Yentl’ coming to the New Jewish Theatre.  Above, Sobule is pictured during a recent visit to the Jewish Community Center. Photo: Ellen Futterman 

Move over Barbra

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 27, 2016

Move over BarbraWhen the New Jewish Theatre presents “Yentl” next week, don’t go expecting “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” or any of the other songs featured in the 1983 film that Barbra Streisand co-wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in as the...

Blake Berry Davy as Richard Loeb and James Bleecker as Nathan
Leopold in ‘Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story.

Musical based on Leopold & Loeb case opens here

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 3, 2011

In 1924, in the tony Hyde Park section of Chicago, two wealthy Jewish college students, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, said to have IQ scores in excess of 200, were infatuated with Nietzche's concept of the "Supermen," the idea that highly gifted people...

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