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News Avi Hoffman to Reprise Role in FL Premiere of David Levinsky More than 20 years have passed since Avi Hoffman played the young David Levinsky in The Rise of David Levinsky in New York. This spring in Florida, he'll play the older version of the character.

The first season of New Vista Theatre Company in Palm Beach Country, FL, will end March 22-April 1 with the Florida premiere (and regional premiere) of the musical The Rise of David Levinsky.

The production, directed by Hoffman, represents the show's first staging since its Off-Broadway run in 1986.

Based on the 1917 novel by Abraham Cahan (the famous editor of the Jewish Forward), the musical by Isaiah Sheffer and Bobby Paul concerns an immigrant scholar who becomes the most successful garment manufacturer in America.

Hoffman has a soft spot for this musical: He originated the role of young David Levinsky 23 years ago at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, subsequently starring in the Off-Broadway premiere in 1986.

The Florida cast includes Irene Adjan, Beth Dimon, Wayne Legette, David Perez Ribada, Barry Tarallo, Peter Tedeschi and a large ensemble. A six-piece orchestra will be led by the original New York music director, Lanny Meyers. Performances of The Rise of David Levinsky will run Thursdays through Sundays at Park Vista Community High School at 7900 Jog Road. For more information call (888) 284-4633 or visit www.newvistatheatre.com.

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