Before there was Broadway, there was Vaudeville and Burlesque. All of the great producers and earliest creative forces in all three of these evolving forms of entertainment came from Jewish backgrounds and Yiddish entertainment traditions. Miller will review the development of what we now know as Broadway Musical Theatre and relate it to the story told in perhaps the greatest Broadway musical, “Gypsy.” At the heart of these evolving theatrical forms were great Jewish entertainers from Milton Berle to Minsky’s to Jules Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Lawrence, the creators of “Gypsy.” This program is sponsored by Ann Weinberg and Jerry Director.
Bruce Miller is the Artistic Director of Virginia Repertory Theatre and the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre IV. His successful work as a producer and director has been seen locally and around the country at prominent theatres including the Kennedy Center and the Paper Mill Playhouse. His play “Buffalo Soldier” was selected by the Pentagon as a morale booster after 9/11, becoming the first professional play in history to be performed within the Pentagon’s walls.
Robyn O'Neill has been entertaining Richmond audiences since 1987, and since that time has appeared in over 60 productions! She has had the privilege of appearing as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony, and was the 2005 recipient of Richmond Magazine's Theresa Pollak Award. When not on stage, Robyn can often be found photographing actors in the alley behind Virginia Rep!
The cost for this event is $18 for Weinstein JCC members ($15 for seniors, students and groups of 10+) and $22 for non-members.