The Jewish Repertory Theatre, under the artistic direction of Ran Avni, will present a special four- performance concert revival of the musical revue, Vagabond Stars, the first musical presented by JRT back in 1980, May 29-June 2 in Manhattan.
The JRT had a home for many years at Playhouse 91 on the Upper East Side but found itself presenting in other houses since 2000. The Off-Broadway troupe, founded in 1974 by Avni, has been hibernating for the last year: The last major mounting offered was a musical, A Naughty Knight, back in May 2001.
Vagabond Stars received critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response in 1980 and consists of some of the most famous tunes and skits from the Yiddish Theatre, performed in English.
This is the first major revival of the show, which has a book by Nahma Sandrow, music by Raphael Crystal and lyrics by Alan Poul. Performances are at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street.
The cast includes Susan Schrot, Steve Sterner, Stuart Zagnit (Seussical), Jonathan Hadley and Cheryl Stern, under the direction of Ran Avni. Performances will be 8 PM May 29-30 and 3 PM and 7 PM June 2. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling (917) 606-8200.
The current 2002 spring season by JRT is billed as "abbreviated" on the company's website, jrt.org. Past JRT shows include the musical, The Jazz Singer, The Gathering starring Theodore Bikel, Never On Friday starring Dudu Fisher, A Majority Of One starring Phyllis Newman, Kuni-Leml, The Fishkin Touch starring Mike Burstyn and Too Jewish Two! starring Avi Hoffman.
— By Kenneth Jones