75 year old Alan Brandt will receive the world premiere of his first play, 2 1/2 Jews, beginning previews Dec. 4, opening Dec. 12 and running through Feb. 7, 1999, at NY's Raymond J. Greenwald Theatre.
Jews is a seriocomedy about a prominent civil rights attorney who is a schlemiel on the home court in his relationships with his father and his son. Featured in the cast of Jews are Richard Davidson, Sam Gray, and Tyagi Schwartz.
Though a first-time playwright, Brandt began his showbiz career as a publicist and songwriter. His song, "That's All" has been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Mel Torme and Peggy Lee. More recently, it was featured in the Adam Sandler film, "The Wedding Singer."
2 1/2 Jews will run in repertory with Chaim's Love Song, also scheduled through Feb. 7, 1999. Though both shows have Jewish themes, neither is produced by the American Jewish Theatre, which uses the Greenwald space as its home base. 2 1/2 Jews is produced by Do Gooder Productions, which also staged On Deaf Ears a few seasons back.
2 1/2 Jews plays at The Greenwald Theatre, Dec. 4 - Feb. 7. For tickets ($32.50) call Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200. -- By Sean McGrath and David Lefkowitz