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Jewish Traditions in Musical Theater

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Fascinating

About the show

Learn about the connections between Jewish traditions and musical theater! More…

From the songs of George Gershwin to the works of composer Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie”), learn how the music and traditions of Judaism have inspired some of our greatest musicals. For example, did you know that Sheldon Harnick’s “Fiddler on the Roof” influenced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights”? Or that key melodies in "Porgy and Bess" were pulled directly from a Jewish blessing?

This illuminating and meaningful hour-long Salon in partnership with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is led by Meredith Ganzman, who has interviewed many Jewish musical theater icons in her work as the former lead arts and entertainment reporter for The Jewish Channel.

Member Reviews (6)


Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Fascinating
Avg Score

Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if If you want to understand the connections that Jewish playwrights and composers have to musical theatre go to this salon ! Lecturer superb !

Don't see it if You have no interest in the history of American musical theatre and the huge part Jewish composers and writers have in it.

Relevant, Fascinating, Insightful, Intelligent, Well researched and thoughtful

See it if Interested in theater history, like to hear insights from a smart and prepared presenter, like pertinent visuals and discussion. Worthy/fine

Don't see it if Not interested in cultural influences, don't like musicals,uncomfortable w discrimination/prejudices & successful efforts to rise above it.

Also I very much appreciate that the salons seem to have a more compelling ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Very informative, Salon at its best

See it if Excellent summary and discussion of the PBS special “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” followed by conversation with attendees.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the topic. You don’t want to know about the background of Broadway lyricists and composers.

Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you enjoy the historical beginnings of the theater and the meaning behind plays.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy when and how things began in the theater.

Terrific instructor, clear themes and takeaways

See it if you'd like to see how Jewish music and experience created the American musical. Lecture is accompanied by PowerPoint slides, video clips.

Don't see it if you don't like taking classes. I love that Show Score offers these.

Also Substantive and well-paced class stuck to the topic and made a couple ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy learning more about musical theater in general and the Jewish influences in particular.

Don't see it if Don’t care about the evolution of musical theater.

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