Jews and the American theater, on Zoom
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Jews and the American theater, on Zoom

Cantor Perry Fine
Cantor Perry Fine

Cantor Perry Fine of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston presents “Jews, Judaism, and the American Musical Theater,” a three-part series exploring the unique relationship between Jews, Judaism, and the development of the Broadway musical. The series, under the auspices of the West Morris National Council of Jewish Women section’s Our Jewish World program, will be held on Zoom at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, November 4, 11, and 18.

Part one, on November 4, will explore how Jewish identity and ethical values helped to define the emerging Broadway musical. On November 11, it will examine the unique role of “Fiddler on the Roof” in the arrival of Jewish ethnicity and content on Broadway. The November 18 program will explore the Holocaust through the lens of three iconic musicals of the 1960s—“The Sound of Music,” “Cabaret,” and “The Producers”—and the creative responses associated with each one.

Our Jewish World is headed by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown.

Cantor Fine has been singing Jewish music ever since his days as a boy soprano soloist with Cantor Hillel Lipsicas’s High Holiday choir in his hometown, Baltimore. His recordings include settings of the Yom Kippur service for the Milken Archive Series of Jewish Music and music for the Friday Night Live service. Email iadpr@aol.com for the link.

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