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Theatre Round Table

JOIN THE CLUB

JOIN US ON OCTOBER 29
AT 7:30 PM IN OUR
LIBRARY

for

"WHEN HARRY MET SALLY" with 
BILLY CRYSTAL AND MEG RYAN


As I was planning to celebrate our library’s Sixtieth/Diamond anniversary, I discovered that at about the same time that our library was being organized….our congregants were organizing a Theater Performing Group….which soon presented “Arsenic and Old Lace” with many other shows to follow over the years. I have heard some talk that that group may be reorganizing.

The fact that we had congregants who were interested in show business then…it occurred to me there may be many who will be interested in the subject today. 

That interest in show business is also reflected in our library collection. Our library has dozens of books on “theater”. Some of those books are on display in our Temple lobby. It occurred to me that as part of the birthday celebration and as a means of getting congregants into our wonderful library I would create the “Club”, The LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH THEATER ROUND TABLE and WORKSHOP. It would run from 7:30PM to 10 PM on the Fourth Wednesday of the month in our library. The first half hour would be a discussion of the Jews who were putting together a particular show….and for the balance of time a presentation of that performance.

As you will notice in the following chart, Jews, both writers and composers are major contributors to shows on Broadway, and of many which became movies.

Well over 100 Broadway productions involved Jewish writers and composers. Many more involved other Jews.

As an example, some of the productions we already have in our library are with Jewish performer Barbra Streisand performing in the musical about the Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl”; the Jew Mel Brooks who wrote and starred in “Blazing Saddles” with his Jewish co-stars; Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn; and the Jewish Nobel prize winning author Isaac Beshevis Singer’s “Yentl” starring Barbra Streisand, lyrics by the Jews Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and music by the Jew Michel Legrand.

You do not have to formally sign up to be a member of the club. Just show up in our library on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM and be out by 10PM. All of our congregants will be advised in advance the subject and show of the evening….and hopefully they will contribute to the discussion…but if they just want to listen and watch…that is ok too.

Keep your eyes on our bulletins and on our web site for more information about our Theater club.

Hope you, your spouse, and older children join the club.
WORDS AND MUSIC BY A TEAM

[words: (w)…music: (m)

Lee Adams (w) and Charles Strouse (m)
APPLAUSE
BYE BYE BIRDIE

Lorenz Hart (w) and Richard Rodgers (m)
THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE 
ON YOUR TOES
PAL JOEY

Oscar Hammerstein II (w) and Richard Rodgers (m)
CAROUSEL
STATE FAIR 
SOUTH PACIFIC 
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 
OKLAHOMA! 
FLOWER DRUM SONG 
THE KING AND I 

Stephen Sondheim (w) and Leonard Bernstein (m) 
CANDIDE
WEST SIDE STORY 

Betty Comden/Adolph Green (w) and Leonard Bernstein (m)
ON THE TOWN
WONDERFUL TOWN 
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY 

Alan Jay Lerner (w) and Frederick Loewe (m)
BRIGADOON
CAMELOT 
GIGI 
MY FAIR LADY 

Howard Ashman (w) and Alan Menken (m)
BEAUTY & THE BEAST 
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS 

Fred Ebb (w) and John Kander (m)
CABARET
CHICAGO 
KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, 
ZORBA 

Ira Gershwin (w) and George Gershwin (m)
CRAZY FOR YOU
LADY BE GOOD
OH, KAY
OF THEE I SING
STRIKE UP THE BAND 
PORGY AND BESS 

Sheldon Harnick (w) and Jerry Bock (m)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
FIORELLO 

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (w & m)
DAMN YANKEES
PAJAMA GAME 

Alain Boubil /Herbert Kretzmer (w) and Claude-Michel Schonberg (m)
LES MISERABLES
MARTIN GUERRE 
MISS SAIGON 

WORDS AND MUSIC BY ONE ARTIST

Irving Berlin (w & m)
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
AS THOUSANDS CHEER 

Stephen Sondheim (w & m)
COMPANY
FOLLIES 
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE 
WAY TO THE FORUM
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC 
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE 
SWEENEY TODD 
GODSPELL
PIPPIN

Jerry Herman (w & m)
HELLO DOLLY
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES 
MAME 
MILK AND HONEY 

Frank Loesser (w & m)
GUYS AND DOLLS
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS 
WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
THE MOST HAPPY FELLA