Casting Announced for NJ Premiere of Elizabeth Swados' Rachel and Leah: A New Musical

News   Casting Announced for NJ Premiere of Elizabeth Swados' Rachel and Leah: A New Musical
Rachel and Leah: A New Musical, which concerns the biblical matriarchs, will make its New Jersey premiere Nov. 12 at 8 PM at The Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, NJ.

Rebecca Keren
Rebecca Keren

The new musical features a score by Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Swados, book and lyrics by Rebecca Keren and book by Daniella Rabbani. Leah Bonvissuto will direct the performance with musical direction by Kris Kukul. Moishe Rosenfeld produces.

The cast of the 80-minute staged concert will include Rabbani as Rachel, Keren as Leah, Christ Critelli as Jacob and Sorab Wadia as Lavan.

"In ancient Iraq," press notes state, "Lavan’s inseparable twin daughters are two sides of the same coin: Leah, the reclusive and introverted caretaker and Rachel, the adventurous sheppardess. Their relationship collapses when Jacob comes to work for their father. Both girls fall for the eligible bachelor, yet he only wants one to be his wife. After he is forced to marry both women, Rachel and Leah wage a desperate battle for his love and lineage."

Tickets are $18 with discounted student and senior tickets for $15. Axelrod Performing Arts Center is located at 100 Grant Ave. in Deal Park, NJ. For more information call (732) 531-9106, ext. 142 or visit


A performance of the musical is also scheduled for Nov. 20 at The Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.

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