Jewish Theatre of Warsaw will not be bringing their Sholom Aleichem musical, Wandering Stars, to New York's Town Hall as originally anticipated. Due to slow ticket sales and lack of promotional momentum, the theatre troupe, which has already played in Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Englewood, NJ, has canceled its Oct. 22-26 stint at the 1,400 seat theatre in midtown Manhattan.
Spokeman Max Eisen confirmed that the 35-member troupe sadly went back home Friday, Oct. 18. "As of that Thursday, they had an advance sale of 51 tickets. You have to sell Jewish theatre six to nine months in advance. You need group business. Otherwise..."
The musical, directed by Szymon Szurmiej, was to have been performed in Yiddish, with English translation available via headset.
-- By David Lefkowitz