Wendy Federman of Alpine was a winner at this year’s Tony Awards. She now has eight, adding two as a co-producer of “The Band’s Visit” and of “Angels in America.”
Her co-productions received 17 Tony Awards for the 2017-18 Broadway season. “The Band’s Visit” garnered 10 wins for best musical and performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical, Tony Shalhoub; performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical, Katrina Lenk; performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical, Ari’el Stachel; book of a musical, Itamar Moses; original score (music or lyrics) written for the theater, David Yazbek; lighting design of a musical, Tyler Micoleau; sound design of a musical, Kai Harada; direction of a musical, Michael Cromer; and orchestrations, Jamshied Sharifi.
According to a November review by Miriam Rinn in the Jewish Standard, Itamar Moses adapted “The Band’s Visit” from the 2007 Israeli film of the same name. In it, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra gets on the wrong bus and ends up in the middle of the Negev, and the musicians try to explain that they are scheduled to perform at the new Arab cultural center. Since there are no more buses out of town, they are invited to spend the day and night with some of the townspeople.
“Angels in America” won three Tonys for best revival of a play; performance by an actor in a leading role in a play, Andrew Garfield; and performance by an actor in a featured role in a play, Nathan Lane.
The Federman family belongs to Chavurah Beth Shalom in Alpine, which is led by rabbis Jack Bemporad and Nat Benjamin. Ms. Federman celebrated her bat mitzvah at the Kotel in Jerusalem last year.