This Week on Broadway for July 22, 2012: Dave Lefkowitz


Peter Filichia, Michael Portantiere and James Marino talk with Dave Lefkowitz about his upcoming show SHALOM DAMMIT. We also discuss NYMF shows, Cabaret film restored, the new Merrily recording, and This Week’s Headlines.

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PF: New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF)

— Best: Baby Case

— Worst: How Deep is the Ocean

— Good: Flambe Dreams

— Good: Rio (Outstanding performance by — Tanesha Ross)

MP: Cabaret (1972 film restoration at the Museum of Moving Image)

MP: Merrily We Roll Along recording from Encores (and the changed ending/beginning for the recording)

PF: A Grand Night For Singing @ Bucks County Playhouse

Michael Musto doing talk back at End of the Rainbow

Michael Feingold review of End of the Rainbow

This Week’s Headlines:

ArtsBeat: Michelle Obama And Daughters Visit Broadway by Patrick Healy
On Sunday afternoon Mrs. Obama and her daughters saw “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Theater legend gets Act 2 by Michael Riedel
Ask anybody who works in show business to name his favorite book about the theater, and I’ll lay you 10-to-1 the answer will be Moss Hart’s autobiography, “Act One.” Woody Allen, NEA…

Jerry Lewis Directing a Musical ‘Nutty Professor’ by Dave Itzkoff
At 86, Jerry Lewis is revisiting his past by directing a musical version of “The Nutty Professor” in Nashville.

Breaking News: The Gershwin’s PORGY & BESS Moves Broadway Closing Up to September 23, 2012 by BroadwayWorld
Producers of the 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins PORGY AND BESS, have announced that the show will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers …

Evita’s Ricky Martin Speaks Out: ‘I Would Love to Do Broadway the Rest of My Life!’ by
Ricky Martin is having “the time of his life” winning over Broadway audiences as Che in the Tony-nominated revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre. The Grammy-winning superstar g…

Far From Heaven, With Kelli O’Hara, Tests Its Wings in Williamstown Starting July 19 by Adam Hetrick
The new musical Far From Heaven, based on the 2002 Todd Haynes film about a 1950s Connecticut housewife whose world is turned upside-down, receives its developmental premiere July 19 at the …

Bradley Cooper Takes on ‘The Elephant Man’ by Eric Grode
Bradley Cooper will be the latest in a line of handsome actors playing the disfigured Elephant Man onstage when he opens in the role in Williamstown, Mass.

ArtsBeat: ‘Scandalous,’ Musical About Aimee Semple McPherson, Sets Broadway Opening by Patrick Healy
The production, which originated at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, has a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman.

ArtsBeat: Katie Holmes Will Return to Broadway in ‘Dead Accounts’ by Patrick Healy
Ms. Holmes will play a woman who moves back home to take care of her aging parents in Theresa Rebeck’s family comedy.

Guest: Dave Lefkowitz

TotalTheater Productions proudly announces the return of “SHALOM DAMMIT! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon,” to NYC. Rabbi Sol will spend two glorious weeks at midtown Manhattan’s Roy Arias Theater Center, 300 West 43rd Street (8th Avenue).

Conceived, co-written and directed by Dave Lefkowitz and starring Rabbi Sol Solomon, “SHALOM DAMMIT!” offers the Rabbi’s wit and wisdom on such topics as world religions, intolerance, prayer, the Middle East and other aspects of modern Jewish life. Punctuating the Rabbi’s hilarious sermon will be such songs as “Then You’re Jewish,” “I Know What Goys Like” and “When Jewish is What You Are.”

Joining Rabbi Sol onstage once again will be musical director Richard Shore.
Bill Bradford is the stage manager.
The performance schedule for SHALOM DAMMIT! is:
Tues-Sat 7pm, Wed & Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 5:30pm.
Running time: 2 hrs.
Parental caution: adult themes, strong language and pervasive Jewishness.
Open seating is on a “first-come, first-disturbed” basis.

Prices: $18-$30
Tues 7/31, 7pm (special first preview price): $18 (students/seniors: $15)
Tues 7, Wed 2 & 7, Thurs 7, Sat 2, Sun 1 & 5:30pm: $25 (students/seniors: $20)
Fri 7, Sat 7: $30 (students/seniors $25)
Tickets: or call (800) 838-3006.
Information: 970-405-3077

Location: Roy Arias Theater Center: 300 West 43rd Street (8th Ave).
Subway: A/C/E/1/2/3/7/N/Q/R to Times Square. Wheelchair accessible.

More about Rabbi Sol:
On Facebook:
Press coverage and reviews invited from 8/1-8/12 for this fully staged, one-Rabbi comedy.
Says Rabbi Sol about Shalom Dammit!: “Much like Moses returning to Pharoah with extra plagues, my joyful spirit compels me to share my jokes, sermons and songs with New York. And remember – this show is not just for Jewish people! Everyone is welcome. We just ask that gentiles use the side entrance and don’t touch anything. But seriously, so much of life involves pain, suffering and discomfort, what’s another hour or two?”

Rabbi Sol Solomon (Himself) is the spiritual leader of Temple Sons of Bitches in Great Neck, New York. Despite the valiant efforts of programming directors and city governments, Rabbi Sol continues to appear on numerous radio stations and make personal appearances wherever there’s free food. His Rabbinical Reflections air weekly on UNC Radio’s Dave’s Gone By and are then archived on Youtube and A learned scholar and a thrilling kvetch, Rabbi Sol’s hobbies include burping and pain management. The Rebbe dedicates this evening to his dear wife, Miriam Libby, and their 21½ mostly beautiful children.

Dave Lefkowitz (Co-creator) is the host of Dave’s Gone By on UNC Radio (, the co-publisher of Performing Arts Insider theater journal, and the founder of Dave’s plays include Kandide (winner Lee Korf Award and produced by The Original Theater Works, L.A.), The Triple Wedding, and the one-acts The Sky is Calling, Human Error, King Solomon the Wise and the oft-produced Blind Date. A collection of his plays, “Marriage, Babies & the End of the World,” was published by Holvoe Books, St. Petersburg, and his theater writing has appeared in BackStage, Playbill, Show Business and Entertainment Weekly. As a performer, he hosted “ Live” at the Player’s Theater. Dave’s monthly theater column appears in Long Island Pulse, and he has written numerous cover stories for Long Island Woman magazine.
Richard Shore (Musical Director) once considered entering the rabbinate until he met Sol Solomon. After many lengthy discussions with the great tzadik, he now works happily in the theater and academia. Among his many accomplishments, Richard has been music director for Fiddler on the Roof six times.

Acclaim for the show’s March 2012 New York debut:
“[Rabbi Sol] was great. Very courageous. Golden words. The truth and nothing but the truth.” (theater critic Mario Fratti)
“I loved it. Rabbi Sol was funny and thoughtful and naughty . . . [he] even seemed a little dangerous. What a real live performance is about.” (audience member Betsy)
“Sit back and enjoy because Shalom Dammit!, with its ebullient, angry, opinionated, outspoken, supremely self-confident leader, is hilarious.” (theater critic Elizabeth Ahlfors)
“A monster. The piece has stayed with me liked a corned beef sandwich . . . for more days than I care to admit.” (entertainment publicist Beck Lee)
“Profound. I’m coming back a second time.” (audience member Dustin)Exit Introductions

Explicit: No


Merrily We Roll Along (2012 Encores! Cast Recording)

Merrily We Roll Along

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