The New Jewish Theatre is thrilled to announce its return to the stage with two upcoming cabarets and a fantastic new season that opens January 20. For more information about tickets and our Health & Safety Plan, click here.
Ari Axelrod’s Jewish Broadway
Ari Axelrod’s Jewish Broadway, featuring Broadway star Ari Axelrod
Saturday, October 16, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 17, 2pm
The New Jewish Theatre presents New York Cabaret Star Ari Axelrod in Ari Axelrod’s Jewish Broadway, honoring the songs and stories of Jewish composers and their contributions to the American musical. Beloved melodies and lyrics by the likes of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz, and Carole King will transport the audience back to the streets of the theatre district, your bubbie’s Shabbos table or the places of your dreams.
This show melds great American music with Ari’s charm and talent, all the while focusing on the deeper subject of Judaism. In discussing the contributions to the American musical theater of Irving Berlin, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter, Bock & Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jason Robert Brown, and The Gershwin’s, Axelrod illustrates the heavy underlying presence of Jewish culture, including the inherent struggles that come with the faith. Axelrod is the new wave of cabaret creator, and he is here to celebrate, investigate, and illuminate.
Cabaret at the J: A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Seltzer Down Your Pants!
Cabaret at the J: A Little Song, A little Dance, A Little Seltzer Down Your Pants! starring Eric Williams and Sharon Hunter
Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 19, 2pm
A sparkling evening of song and comedy to celebrate the return of the New Jewish Theatre. Eric Williams, originally from St. Louis, is an actor and comedian is working in New York and LA. Eric last appeared at the J in Ester and Eric’s One Woman Show. Sharon Hunter has worked as a professional actor, singer, director and is currently the Artistic Director of Moonstone Theatre Company.
By Neil Simon
Directed by Eddie Coffield
Thursday, January 20 – Sunday, February 6
Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” this Neil Simon favorite depicts the harried writing staff as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman, Max Prince. Filled with nostalgia, classic Catskills humor and colorful characters, Laughter on the 23rd Floor is bound to have you… well… laughing.
By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Ellie Schwetye
Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, April 10
We have all been in a difficult place. We all long for happiness. Every Brilliant Thing compels us to fight our challenging time with the practice of gratitude. Make a list of all that is brilliant. All of it. This play celebrates the challenging times and the power we must have to survive them
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Eddie Coffield
Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 26
When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Lend Me a Tenor) tells the joyous, heartwarming story of his grandparents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected.
By Elizabeth Savage
Directed by Sarah Whitney
Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 25
A world premiere! Carver Washington, a brilliant, young beekeeper from the Bronx finds his only respite from caring for his little sister and his housebound grandmother by escaping to his oasis on his building’s roof. Rooftop visits from Devora, a kindred spirit fresh out of Yale who’s setting up a kibbutz in the neighborhood, lead them to share their dreams, anxieties and hopes during a
time of colony collapse, both for bees and humans. With the city far below, they wonder together what forgiveness might look like in the 21st century.
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Concepts by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman
Directed and Choreographed by Ellen Isom
Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 18
Jerry’s Girls, the Broadway musical revue, is a sparkling journey through Herman’s musical catalogue. With its abundance of beloved and celebratory pleasures, this is a refreshing tonic for lifting our spirits and celebrating one of Broadway’s greatest Jewish composers. In song after song, in Broadway hits like “Mame,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “Hello, Dolly!,” Herman has made it his goal in life to send people out of a theatre humming his tunes and there’s no denying that his relentlessly upbeat and melodic songs do the trick. This tribute to the song catalogue of Jerry Herman is sure to leave you smiling, and with a song in your heart.
Health & Safety Plan
All New Jewish Theatre productions require:
- Proof of vaccination (both doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) OR a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of entry. Vaccination card or photo accepted, plus photo ID.
- Masks must be worn properly over your nose and mouth by everyone at all times during events.