AUTHOR! AUTHOR! an evening with Sholom Aleichem
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“GO! You won’t be sorry!” raves Backstage. “Enchanting!” exclaims Variety. 100 reviews! 100 raves! It’s the joyous, hilarious, touching, and ever-popular classic musical comedy, the longest-running Jewish musical in LA theatre history – 4½ years in its initial run! The glorious numbers, poignant moments and delightful humor will have you laughing, crying, tapping your toes and celebrating life like never before. “The best and funniest theatre production in LA!” hails Century City News of the show that put musicals into the LA intimate theatre arena, back for 4 weeks only, to celebrate its 40th anniversary and Sholom Aleichem’s 100th yarzeit. Valley Life affirms, “In this encore production, you’ll discover, through the whimsical wit of Sholom Aleichem and the skill of Chris DeCarlo, why the play enjoyed such a long run. It’s a great evening!”
A brilliant team of artists present an unrivaled musical comedy classic offering a magical, musical melee at once glorious and gentle, bold and bittersweet, mirthful and romantic, inviting audiences of all ages to celebrate the humor and pathos of Sholom Aleichem’s world and offering a “sparkling introduction to a new generation of theater enthusiasts to the patina-covered world of their brethren on both sides of the ocean, to a world that is no more and will never return.” (B’nai B’rith Messenger). “I thank you for bringing him so beautifully back To Life,” applauds Aleichem’s second cousin, Lillian Aderman Moller as Chris DeCarlo reprises his award-winning portrayal of the world’s most beloved Yiddish author. Joining DeCarlo is original cast member Evelyn Rudie, with Actors’ Repertory Theatre (ART) artists Mira Baum, Kate Burleigh, Aaron Burns, Rachel Galper, Nima Ghassemian, Adya Mohanty and Graham Silbert. The production is helmed by long-time ART director Arthur R. Tompkins, with authentically detailed costumes by award-winning designer Ashley Hayes and lilting tunes by the acclaimed team of Evelyn Rudie and renowned composer Ben Weisman (57 gold albums).
Sholom Aleichem’s tales are so timeless and universal that they have transcended over 100 years of social and cultural change, and become more appealing to audiences and readers with each coming year. Iconic theatre reviewer Polly Warfield proclaims, “AUTHOR! AUTHOR! is an unmitigated delight. It is joyous entertainment…It warms the audience and sends them out feeling better than when they went in.” Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 3:30. Casting Call sums it up: “Perfect intimate theatre! See it!”