By Kenneth Jones
31 Aug 2009
The picture has just been signed to a worldwide distribution deal with MarVista Entertainment. The film recently debuted internationally at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.
In "Goyband," fading teen idol Bobby Starr (Pascal) is booked to perform at the first kosher hotel-casino in the Catskills. With the help of Orthodox choreographer Marvin (Liberman), he brings the traditional strains of Klezmer to his contemporary hip-hop routine — and unexpectedly falls for Rebekka (played by Amy Davidson), the daughter of the hotel owner (Feldshuh). As romance blooms and cultures clash, Bobby offers Rebekka a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape her arranged marriage — and the confines of her ultra-religious upbringing."
Pascal is a Tony Award nominee for his work in Rent (he's in the current national tour). His Broadway credits also include Aida and Cabaret.
Feldshuh is a four-time Tony nominee whose Broadway work includes Irena's Vow, Golda's Balcony, Yentl and more.
Billed as a "gefilte fish-out-of-water-story," "Goyband" is directed by Christopher Grimm. The screenplay is by Dan Bar-Hava (who also penned original music), Grimm and Christa McNamee. The movie also features Cris Judd and Natasha Lyonne.
Tickets for the 7:30 PM Sept. 29 screening of "Goyband" (followed by a Q&A with director Grimm) can be purchased by calling (646) 505-5708, or by visiting www.jccmanhattan.org. The JCC in Manhattan is located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.
For more information about "Goyband," visit www.goyband.com/filmfestivals.