Lansky, with Mike Burstyn, to Play Off-Broadway's St. Luke's Theatre

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Mike Burstyn, whose Broadway credits include Barnum and Ain't Broadway Grand, will star in the New York premiere of Lansky, which begins previews at the St. Luke's Theatre Jan. 23, 2009, according to The New York Times.

Penned by Joseph Bologna and Richard Krevolin, Lansky — about the life of mobster Meyer Lansky — will officially open Feb. 5. Bologna also directs.

Burstyn previously starred in the play at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles this past summer.

Lansky, according to press notes, concerns "the efforts of the Jewish gangster and gambler, Meyer Lansky to become an Israeli citizen. The play uses Lansky's life story as a crucible to explore Jewish identity and the choices first generation Jewish Americans made in order to achieve wealth and success."

Mike Burstyn has been seen on Broadway in The Megilla of Itzik Manger, Barnum and Ain't Broadway Grand. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance in On Second Avenue, and his other theatrical credits include Jolson, The Rothschilds (Drama Desk nomination) and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Burstyn is also the recipient of three Israeli "Oscars."

Bologna is also the author of Made for Each Other and Lovers & Other Strangers, both penned with wife Renee Taylor. Krevolin also wrote the hit comedy King Levine. St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 W. 46th Street. For tickets call (212) 239-6200 or visit

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