Brad Oscar, Joanna Glushak, Donna Vivino Will Point to Stars of David in Musical's Premiere
By Kenneth Jones
The Philadelphia world premiere of the new musical song cycle Stars of David, featuring song contributions by major writers of the musical theatre, will star Nancy Balbirer, Alex Brightman, Joanna Glushak, Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar and Donna Vivino.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the work, a musical stage adaptation of Abigail Pogrebin's book "Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish," Oct. 17-Nov. 18 at Philadelphia Theatre Company's home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard Streets.
Stars of David is conceived by Aaron Harnick, and has a libretto by Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife). Expect "a snapshot of Jewish identity through the interviews with some of America's most recognizable public figures, including Gloria Steinem, Aaron Sorkin, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Joan Rivers, Norman Lear, Tony Kushner and Wendy Wasserstein," according to PTC.
Gordon Greenberg (Working, Pirates!) directs the show, in which the interviews are transformed into songs by composers and lyricists including William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, Or Change), Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Marilyn & Alan Bergman (Yentl), Amanda Green (High Fidelity), Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller (The Burnt Part Boys), Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam), and one of the last songs written by the late Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), among others.
The creative team includes set designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Alejo Vietti, lighting designer Howell Binkley, sound designer Robert Kaplowitz, choreographer Jeff Rhodes and music director Jeff Marder.
Opening night is Oct. 24. Tickets starting at $51 are available by calling the Box Office at (215) 985-0420 or visiting PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.
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