Nu, so how many people get so lucky with a first play? 75 year old Alan Brandt, whose 2 1/2 Jews opened Dec. 12 at NYC's Raymond J. Greenwald Theatre, just got some good news from Do Gooder Productions. The company is extending the play through May 2, 1999 -- 2 1/2 months past its original Feb. 7 close.
Jews is a seriocomedy about a prominent civil rights attorney who is a schlemiel on the home court in his relationships with his father and his son. Featured in the cast of Jews are Richard Davidson, Sam Gray, and Tyagi Schwartz.
Though a first-time playwright, Brandt began his showbiz career as a publicist and songwriter. His song, "That's All" has been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Mel Torme and Peggy Lee. More recently, it was featured in the Adam Sandler film, "The Wedding Singer." Other Brandt tunes include "Where's Daddy?," "That's All From Tootsie," "Nothing's Going On Below The Belt," "Sting of the Bee" and "Night Holds No Fear For The Lord."
Do Gooder Productions also staged On Deaf Ears a few seasons back.
2 1/2 Jews, which began previews Dec. 4, 1998, plays at The Greenwald Theatre through May 2, 1999. For tickets ($32.50) call Tele Charge at (212) 239-6200. -- By Sean McGrath and David Lefkowitz