Mike Burstyn to Star in World Premiere of New Musical at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

News   Mike Burstyn to Star in World Premiere of New Musical at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Playbill.com has learned that Mike Burstyn, whose Broadway credits include Barnum and Ain't Broadway Grand, will star in the world premiere of the new musical The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer, which will begin previews May 25. The Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene produces.

Mike Burstyn
Mike Burstyn

Written, directed and choreographed by Eleanor Reissa, the production will play a limited engagement through June 27 at The Baruch Performing Arts Center. Opening night is scheduled for June 3 at 7 PM.

The cast will also feature Shane Baker, I. W. "Itzy" Firestone, Edward Furs, Daniella Rabbani, Nicole Raphael, Steve Sterner, Nimmy Weisbrod and Lori Wilner. Penny Ayn Maas is the associate choreographer.

The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer, which is performed entirely in Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles, is described as such: "In this rollicking musical comedy, the beloved folk hero Hershele Ostropolyer, often referred to as the Jewish Robin Hood, battles injustice armed only with his wits.  Ever resourceful, Hershele mobilizes an entire community to thwart the miserly Reb Kalmen, whose love for gold stands in the way of a young couple's love for one another.  Just one encounter with Hershele and we promise his name will trip effortlessly off your tongue and the memory of his masterful ruse against avarice and deceit will turn cartwheels in your heart forever."

The production design team includes Roger Hanna (scenic design), Kirk Bookman (lighting design), Gail Cooper-Hecht (costume design) and Bruce Ellman (sound design).

Mike Burstyn has been seen on Broadway in The Megilla of Itzik Manger, Barnum and Ain't Broadway Grand. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance in On Second Avenue, and his other theatrical credits include Jolson, The Rothschilds (Drama Desk nomination) and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Burstyn is also the recipient of three Israeli "Oscars." The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). For tickets, which are $55, call The Baruch Performing Arts Center box office at (646) 312-5073 or visit www.folksbiene.org.

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