Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway

Pammylicious
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 11:39am
More of a curiosity than anything else. Do any of the Broadway Stars not perform because of the holidays?
bobs3
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 01:53pm
Depends on the star. Some take the high holidays very seriously others are more lax.

When Linda Lavin was starring in GYPSY she took Yom Kippur off and her understudy, Jana Robbins (who is also Jewish) went on. After the performance, at the stage door Robbins met the man who would become her future husband. His greeting was "Hi. My ex-wife lives with your ex-husband. Can I buy you a drink?"

Updated On: 9/16/12 at 01:53 PM
Jon
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 02:12pm
Though not the High Holidays, there is the famous, though probably apochryphal story of the chorus girl in SUGAR BABIES who asked Ann Miller, "Are you going to work on Passover?", to which Miss Miller replied, "Honey, I don't do game shows!"
AC126748
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 02:26pm
The simple answer is that some do and some don't. It depends on the religious commitment of the actor. This is pretty much true of any profession, though--whether your religious commitment supercedes your professional commitment. (A recent example I remember is that Tovah Feldshuh didn't perform in IRENA'S VOW on the eve of Passover, which would lead me to assume that she doesn't perform on any high holidays)

Almost all Jewish actors, observant or not, perform on the sabbath though--it would be almost impossible to maintain a career in theatre if you consistently missed two shows a week. Steven Hill (probably best known now for his work on LAW AND ORDER) once said that he knew his stage career was over when he became a fully observant Jew and began keeping the sabbath, as he knew it wouldn't be possible for him to always miss Friday night and Saturday matinee performances.

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Updated On: 9/16/12 at 02:26 PM
Pammylicious
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 03:54pm
Just wondered how many are somewhat observant. I am a "conservative" Jew. I would never work on the holidays but will use the internet and watch television. I love to hear Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur so go to synagogue then.

Wondered about folks like Mandy and Marc. They seem more traditional observant. If they are performing live would they take personal days?
Dollypop
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 03:59pm
Although he wasn't Jewish, Alec Guinness had it written into his contract that he wouldn't perform on Good Friday on the few times he acted on Broadway.
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
SNAFU
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 04:07pm
Ummmm I don't think Good Friday is celebrated by Jews. It is the day remembering the crucifixtion.
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Dollypop
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Posted: 9/16/12 at 05:52pm
I said he wasn't Jewish.
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dramamama611
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Posted: 9/16/12 at 07:19pm
Most likely. But, I'm sure some of them just have it written into their contracts and then its just another day off. The bigger the name, the more likely it doesn't count as a personal day.



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SNAFU
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/16/12 at 08:09pm
BUT in a thread intitled Jewish High Holy days when you say "Even though he wasn't Jewish he asked for Good Friday Off"... kind of gives the impression that you think Good Friday is a Jewish Holiday.


seriously not trying to be a dick.


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Updated On: 9/16/12 at 08:09 PM
Dollypop
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Posted: 9/16/12 at 10:29pm
Nonetheless you succeeded admirably.
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PalJoey
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 12:02am
Although he wasn't Jewish, Alec Guinness had it written into his contract that he wouldn't perform on Good Friday on the few times he acted on Broadway.

What does that even mean?
yr pal,
joey




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Wynbish
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 12:04am
Also, although he wasn't Buddhist either, Alec Guinness had it written into his contract that he wouldn't perform on Good Friday on the few times he acted on Broadway.
winston89
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 01:34am
There was a former West End and Broadway Jean Valjean who got every friday evening and Saturday afternoon off. His name is Dudu Fischer and he got this because he was orthodox Jewish. And, as a side note, I do believe he did the role in Israel as well.
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bobs3
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 06:57am
Interesting comment. Makes me wonder -- do theaters in Israel do Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances?

When I visited Israel I found it interesting that you could buy a cheeseburger at McDonalds in Tel Aviv but you couldn't get one at McDonalds in Jerusalem (this was back when I used to eat fast food).

Updated On: 9/17/12 at 06:57 AM
Jon
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 07:21am
No, theatres in Israel do not perform on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Israel actor/singer/cantor David "Dudu" Fisher played Jean Valjean in the Israeli production of Les Miz. Cameron Mackintosh liked him so much, he asked him to do the role on bradway. Fisher got a contract for six performances a week, with an alternate for Friday nights and Saturday matinees.
mamaleh
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 09:09am
Tel Aviv is known to be a much more freewheeling city in terms of strict observation of religious laws and traditions. For instance, in a worldwide poll it was recently voted the most gay-friendly city in the world, surpassing New York, Toronto, etc. In addition to cheeseburgers, in Tel Aviv you can also get a tattoo, which is strictly forbidden by the Torah.
http://www.jpost.com/LifeStyle/Article.aspx?id=253121

I also read that Dudu did not do Sabbath performances in New York.
Inigomontoya
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Posted: 9/17/12 at 09:57am
I must correct you guys,
I live in Tel Aviv and theaters are open on both Friday night and Saturday night.

some theaters(though I might admit not the big ones, but more on the fringe side) even have shows today(which is Rosh Hashana)
PalJoey
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Posted: 9/17/12 at 10:28am
Shana Tova, Inigo!
yr pal,
joey




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Pammylicious
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 10:41am
L'Shanah Tova y'all.

I thought everything shut down for shabbos in Israel.
Jon
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 10:52am
Maybe just in Jerusalem.
ArtMan
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 03:20pm
The bus and train stop runnung around 4:00 pm on the Sabbath in Tel Aviv.
Inigomontoya
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 9/17/12 at 07:12pm
Public transplantation and most of the stores do close from around 6:00 on Friday and until 20:00 on Saturday, but on most of the places it does not include places like restaurants, movies, theaters, bars, clubs, live music/concert hall venues.

Jerusalem is kind of a different story, but when it comes to theater, 4 of the major 7 theaters are in Tel Aviv, which is known for it's night life
Popular
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 11/9/12 at 03:27pm
I didn't want to start another thread but was hoping to get some recommendations. I'm currently vacationing in Israel... What's playing?
Wee Thomas2
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 11/9/12 at 04:26pm
I'd start another thread
henrikegerman
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Jewish High Holy Days and Broadway
Posted: 11/9/12 at 09:58pm
"Although he wasn't Jewish, Alec Guinness had it written into his contract that he wouldn't perform on Good Friday on the few times he acted on Broadway."

He wouldn't work on Good Friday and he wasn't even Jewish? What's up with that?

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