Jewtopia to Recoup Off-Broadway; Chicago, Florida and Detroit Runs Planned

News   Jewtopia to Recoup Off-Broadway; Chicago, Florida and Detroit Runs Planned The Los Angeles long-running comedy Jewtopia will recoup its Off-Broadway investment for the current run at the Westside Theater following this weekend's performances, production spokespersons confirmed.

Following its year-long sold-out run in Los Angeles, the Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson comedy, Jewtopia, began Off-Broadway Sept. 28 and opened Oct. 21.

The work will have made back its initial $625,000 capitalization in 20 weeks. Plans are also set for further regional productions in Chicago, Florida's Coral Springs and Detroit.

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.

Director John Tillinger (Say Goodnight, Gracie) directed the New York run as original L.A. director Andy Fickman was busy with the upcoming Showtime screen adaptation of the musical Reefer Madness.

Tillinger previously told Playbill.com that Jewtopia "pokes fun at a community that likes to have — I mean, Is my grandmother spinning in her grave? Yes, probably, but — that enjoys having that kind of fun poked at it and actually welcomes it." (To read the full interview, visit Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter section.) WEJ Productions and Jenkay present Jewtopia. The popular Jewish-Gentile comedy opened May 8, 2003 in California and enjoyed a year long run filled with sold out performances.

The original New York cast includes writers Fogel and Wolfson along with Cheryl David, Lorry Goldman, Irina Pantaeva, Jackie Tohn and Gerry Vichi.

The design team of Jewtopia includes Patrick Fahey (set), Mike Baldassari (lighting), Cynthia Nordstrom (costume) and Kevin Lacy (sound).

Tickets to Jewtopia at The Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street, (between Ninth and Tenth Ave.) are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.jewtopiaplay.com.

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