When Off-Broadway's Jewish Repertory Theatre brought in Tovah Feldshuh's Tovah: Out Of Her Mind as a last-minute replacement this past season, little did they know they'd be getting a show that would go on to a life of its own.
After playing several weeks during the summer at Jewish Rep space at Playhouse 91, the show booked other engagements, including two weeks this fall at the Emelin Theatre in suburban Mamaroneck, N.Y., followed by a weekend (Oct. 12-13) at Queens Theatre In The Park.
There was talk that the show, an evening of songs, sketches and Yiddishkeit, might come to Broadway for a four night run. Brent Peek, of Brent Peek Productions, had told Playbill On-Line the show would go up on the "dark" nights at an already-booked Broadway stage.
Now the news is that although Tovah - Out Of Her Mind!, won't be coming to Broadway, Brent Peek says an announcement is forthcoming in a week to ten days on an Off-Broaday house, where the musical-comedy revue would settle in for an open run. The time frame for opening is now January/February.
The April 1996 staging at Jewish Rep was well-reviewed in the New York Times, rather negatively reviewed in Time Out-NY, and received mixed notices elsewhere. In September 1996, ON STAGE critic David Solomon wrote, "Looking swell and singing with at least a three-octave range, Tovah obviously has a lot to give. When a sketch fails, however, it can be more than we want to take . . ." Best known for starring in Broadway's Sarava, Yentl and Teibele and Her Demon, Feldshuh co-wrote the material for her solo show with Larry Amoros.
-- By David Lefkowitz