Judy Blazer, Judy Kaye, Stuart Zagnit Perform at National Yiddish Theatre's Cabaret Dinner Nov. 22

By Michael Gioia
22 Nov 2011

Judy Kaye
Judy Kaye
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The National Yiddish Theatre–Folksbiene, now in its 97th consecutive season, celebrates the enduring influence of Yiddish on American popular culture at its annual Cabaret Dinner concert, held Nov. 22 at the Bohemian National Hall.

Conceived by artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, the concert features Judy Blazer (45 Seconds from Broadway, Titanic), Tony winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime), Stuart Zagnit (The Wild Party, People in the Picture), Elmore James (Beauty and the Beast) and Frank London, as well as a guest appearance by Hollywood and television star Ron Rifkin.

The evening, which benefits the theatre, also honors five-time Tony Award-winning producer and theatre owner Stewart F. Lane and the haberdasher to the stars, Martin Greenfield.

"Both of our honorees are vigorous showmen in their own right," said Bryna Wasserman, Folksbiene's executive director, in a statement. "They are passionate about the continued vitality of Jewish culture and they both express this passion with flair."



Greenfield, a Holocaust survivor, recently shared an Emmy nomination with costume designer John Dunn for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," for which Greenfield built and tailored 250 period suits.

Lane, who worked on Broadway productions of War Horse, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Merchant of Venice and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, among others, is also the author of a new book chronicling the impact of Jews on Broadway, entitled "Jews on Broadway."

The Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre–Folksbiene, the longest continuously producing Yiddish theatre company in the world, presents plays, concerts and literary events in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying all performances.

Following the Cabaret Dinner concert, Folksbiene will present Soul to Soul, which returns in January, and the groundbreaking klezmer musical Shlemiel the First, which plays Dec. 13-31 at NYU’s Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The Bohemian National Hall is located at 321 East 73rd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 213-2120 or visit www.nationalyiddishtheatre.org.