Florida Run of Jewtopia Retires in January Following Rough Hurricane Season

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The Florida run of Jewtopia will end its stay at the Broward Stage Door Jan. 8, 2006 after playing 145 performances citing aftereffects of a bad hurricane season.

"We're thrilled to have kept Florida audiences laughing for over five months," said producer Bill Franzblau about the Coral Springs stint which began Aug. 3. "But despite the enthusiastic critical and audience response to our show, South Florida's theatres are continuing to feel the impact of Hurricane Wilma. It's been a tough year for all of us down here, so we hope that audiences will ring in the new year with a good laugh and catch Jewtopia in its final weeks."

Hurricane Wilma had damaged the theatre, forcing the production to shut down Oct. 26-Nov. 8 while repairs were made. Following the restoration of electricity and phone lines, the show resumed performances Nov. 9.

Jewtopia follows the story of two single guys — a Jew and a gentile — on the verge of turning 30 who are obsessed with dating women of the other's religion. The two devise a plan to help both their causes — the Jewish man's quest to make his family happy and the gentile's mission to find a Jewish girl so he never needs to make another decision.

John Tillinger (Say Goodnight, Gracie) directed the Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson comedy, Jewtopia, which began sold out its premiere run in Los Angeles in 2003 before moving to Off-Broadway in 2004 — where it still currently runs.

Jewtopia has also played a regional productions in Chicago and plans are in the works for Philadelphia, Toronto and Tel Aviv stagings and a 26-city North American tour in March of 2006. Warner Books will publish "Jewtopia: The Book" in July 2006. The design team of Jewtopia includes Patrick Fahey (set), Mike Baldassari (lighting), Cynthia Nordstrom (costume) and Kevin Lacy (sound).

Tickets to Jewtopia at The Broward Stage Door, 8036 West Sample Rd. Coral Springs, FL are available by calling (954) 344-7765. For more information, visit www.jewtopiaplay.com.

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