The private industry workshop cast includes Nadia Dajani (Off-Broadway's Sophistry and Boys and Girls), David Josefsberg (Broadway's The Wedding Singer, Off-Broadway's Rated P for Parenthood), Anne L. Nathan (the indelible Czech mother in Broadway's Once), Robert Petkoff (Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof and currently Anything Goes) and Donna Vivino ( Wicked, Hairspray).
Stars of David, which has a Tony Award-winning commercial producer attached to a possible New York future, is a musical stage adaptation by Aaron Harnick of Abigail Pogrebin's acclaimed book "Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish."
Here's how PTC bills the work: "It is a snapshot of Jewish identity through the interviews with some of America's most recognizable public figures, including: Gloria Steinem, Leonard Nimoy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Joan Rivers, Norman Lear and Wendy Wasserstein."
With a book by Busch ( The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), "the interviews will be transformed into songs" by composers and lyricists including William Finn ( The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Tom Kitt ( Next to Normal), Marvin Hamlisch ( A Chorus Line), Sheldon Harnick ( Fiddler on the Roof), Jeanine Tesori ( Caroline, Or Change), Richard Maltby & David Shire ( Closer Than Ever), Michael Friedman ( Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Marilyn & Alan Bergman ("Yentl"), Amanda Green ( High Fidelity), Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller ( The Burnt Part Boys), Duncan Sheik & Steven Sater ( Spring Awakening), Susan Birkenhead ( Jelly's Last Jam) and others. Stars of David received a staged reading as part of PTC's two-week festival of new work, PTC@PLAY, which featured readings of new work from 13 writers and composers from around the country.
Sara Garonzik, PTC's producing artistic director, said in a statement, "The timing seems very right for Stars of David, which is reflective of the ongoing cultural conversation around faith and its role in contemporary life."