Lies My Father Told Me, New Musical Based on Film, Opens Nov. 21
By Andrew Gans
The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's American premiere of Lies My Father Told Me, a new musical based on the 1975 Academy Award-nominated film that was adapted from the works of Ted Allan, officially opens Nov. 21.
Directed by Bryna Wasserman, the production began previews Nov. 10 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
The cast features Chuck Karel, Jonathan Raviv, Russell Arden Koplin, Alex Dreier, Joe Paparella, Renee Bang Allen, Leisa Mather, Jonathan Hadley, Gordon Stanley and Ashley Brooke, who are backed by a chorus consisting of Chris Karl, Eva Amesse, Tina Mancini, Max Nussbaum, David Rosenberg, Siria Rutstein and Jeremiah Burch lll.
Performed mostly in English, Lies My Father Told Me has music, lyrics and orchestrations by Elan Kunin, musical direction and orchestra conducted by Michael Larsen, music supervision by Zalmen Mlotek and choreography by Merete Muenter.
The musical, according to press notes, "follows three generations of a Montreal immigrant family during the final great wave of North American immigration in the 1920s. Lies My Father Told Me recounts Ted Allan's childhood memories of the people and events that would shape his life."
The production also has scenery by John C. Dinning, lighting by Natalie Robin, costumes by Izzy Fields and sound by Benjamin Furiga. Christopher Massimine is the supervising producer, Marci Skolnick is the production stage manager, and Ken Larson is the production manager.
Performances continue through Dec. 15.
Tickets are $60 Orchestra, $50 Balcony. Tickets can be purchased at (646) 312-5073 or nationalyiddishtheatre.org.
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