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Jack Lawrence Theatre (New York, NY)
359 W. 48th St.

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Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling

How did the Elephant get his trunk?br



How did the Leopard get his spots?br



How did the Rhinoceros get his skin?brbr



In the "Just So Stories," Rudyard Kipling created a magical world as he told his daughter fables of the animal kingdom. In "Just So," George Stiles and Anthony Drewe ("Honk!") have created a new musical that weaves five of Mr. Kipling's most famous tales together into a fanciful lesson about personal courage, individuality and friendship.





LIFE IS FOR LIVING World Premiere to Celebrate Noel Coward at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

59E59 Theaters will host the world premiere of LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD, co-created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole. Starring Mr. Green with musical direction by Mr. Shrubsole, LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD was researched by Jason Morell. Produced by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD begins performances on Tuesday, December 13 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 1. Press opening is Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

B Street Theatre's Family Series Presents ROBIN HOOD by Playwright Greg Banks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

The legendary Robin Hood of yore comes to life on the B Street stage with plenty of sword fighting, wordplay and physical comedy. (more...)

BWW Interview: Stars Of CityRep's A TUNA CHRISTMAS On The Southern-Fried Charm Of Their Special Holiday Show
by Ronn Burton - Nov 30, 2016

CityRep is bringing back their much-adored show, A Tuna Christmas, to delight Oklahoma City audiences yet again. The stars of the show, Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed, checked in with BroadwayWorld before one of their rehearsals to share their favorite memories of past productions, the challenges of portraying so many characters in one play, and the heart-warming message of this new Christmas classic. (more...)

BWW Interview - Debut of the Month - THE GREAT COMET's Grace McLean
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 30, 2016

Today, Grace McLean speaks exclusively with BWW about making her Broadway debut and explains the importance of telling new, original stories in contemporary theater. (more...)

BWW Recap: Liza's 'Summer Friday' Isn't Without Its Ups and Downs on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - Nov 30, 2016

So, apparently… while we're finishing up our turkey leftovers, prepping for a visit from the big man with the bag, and above all, bracing for snow… it's bright and shiny summer in the YOUNGER-verse. But while the weather outside may not be frightful… it's not quite all fun in the sun for Liza and Kelsey, who find themselves in hot water after a deal to secure Colin's manuscript goes rather awry. Ruh roh.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Tonight - A BEEF AND BOARDS CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

The heartfelt joy of the holiday season takes the stage in style at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as Santa and his friends celebrate the 24 th annual production of A Beef & Boards Christmas. (more...)

BWW Interview: Skylight's Gary Grossman Asserting His Passion Creating Safe Harbors For Nurturing New Talents
by Gil Kaan - Nov 25, 2016

Skylight Theatre's Artistic Director Gary Grossman will be honored at Skylight's SALUTE 2016 December 4 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Gary has been the driving common denominator of the Skylight Theatre Company and its previous incarnations: the Katselas Theatre company and the Camelot Artists Productions before.   (more...)

BWW INTERVIEW: Laura Osnes Reflects on Her Journey to Broadway Ahead of Feinstein's/54 Below Show THE PATHS NOT TAKEN, and Why THE BANDSTAND is More Relevant Than Ever
by Casey Mink - Nov 23, 2016

Laura Osnes' journey to Broadway was anything but ordinary. Having competed on the reality series GREASE: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT, she went on to win and make her Great White Way debut as a brunette Sandy in 2007. She proceeded to make craterous impressions on Broadway, replacing Kelli O'Hara in Lincoln Center's SOUTH PACIFIC, as well as originating the role of Bonnie in BONNIE & CLYDE, earning the first of her Tony nominations, followed by the titular Cinderella in Broadway's first production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, for which she earned her second. Osnes will return to Feinstein's/54 Below on November 27, kicking off a string of four shows in which she travels down the roads that might have been, performing songs from roles she nearly booked but, for one reason or another, never came to be. BroadwayWorld chatted with the sweet-as-pie multi-talent about why her forthcoming Broadway gig, THE BANDSTAND, is a vital piece of theater, her co-star Corey Cott, and the inspiration for her unusual cabaret premise (here's a spoiler: Osnes keeps a literal binder in her closet labeled 'Songs I Learned for Auditions'). (more...)

London Classic Theatre Announces New Tour of Terry Johnson's Award-Winning HYSTERIA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Following the successful tour of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party in 2016, today London Classic Theatre Artistic Director Michael Cabot announces a new production of Terry Johnson's Hysteria for spring 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Exploring the Parallels of AMERICAN BUFFALO at Theater on the Edge
by Kimberly Moy - Nov 21, 2016

Capitalism is encapsulated in Theater on the Edge's portrayal of AMERICAN BUFFALO. Written by David Mamet, AMERICAN BUFFALO sits among the best modern American plays. While the play is a microscopic look into the lives of three men just trying to make a buck, it draws parallels to the underlying greed of corporate America. Theater on the Edge gives a raw, raucous, and honest production that would make Mamet proud. (more...)

BWW Recap: Massive Fan Theory Confirmed on Action-Packed WESTWORLD
by Jessica Naftaly - Nov 21, 2016

Only two more episodes of WESTWORLD left and the jam-packed show only intensifies with each week! This week Thandie Newton once again flexes her incredible acting muscles as Maeve truly begins taking control of her own narrative, some of our most asked questions begin to get answered, and the show confirms one of the most talked about theories surrounding it since the season started airing.  (more...)

BWW Review: What it Means to Live with Origin Theatre Company's POISON
by Kristen Morale - Nov 19, 2016

Poison brings two people together in a cemetery to discuss the desecration and movement of their son's grave, as part of the cemetery's plan to expand. In a style that is incredibly that of Waiting for Godot, this divorced couple comes together and must wait for the person who will come speak to them about their son's grave; of course he doesn't show up. Not having seen or heard from one another in ten long years, they awkwardly await the man that is to save them from their discomfort of being reunited; when he never arrives, they begin to talk about the past. (more...)

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Delivers some 'Crushing' Developments
by Lauren Gienow - Nov 18, 2016

The season 13 midseason finale of GREY'S ANATOMY provided some shocking revelations and set viewers up for two months of torture before the show returns on Jan 19th. Will Alex go to jail? Will Richard lose his job? And where the heck is Amelia??? (more...)

BWW Interview: Writer and Small Press Publisher Mistral Khan-Becerra
by Mark C. Lloyd - Nov 14, 2016

BWW Interviews: Writer and Small Press Publisher Mistral Khan-Becerra (more...)

BWW Recap: Premature Emasculation on THE WALKING DEAD
by Jennifer McHugh - Nov 14, 2016

Welcome to a special 90 minute episode of THE WALKING DEAD or, rather, “More time for a lot of commercials.” But there is no rest for the wicked as Negan makes his first visit to Alexandria way ahead of schedule. (more...)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Director Bill Condon Talks New Songs & More Details!
by Movies News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

In an exclusive interview with ET, director Bill Condon (DREAMGIRLS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA) discussed the project, including new songs from Alan Menken which will be featured in the film. (more...)

BWW Interview - Harold Perrineau Talks Contemporary Relevancy of THE CHERRY ORCHARD
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 11, 2016

Talented actor Harold Perrineau speaks exclusively with BWW about the relevancy of this classic story in today's times. (more...)

BWW Review: Life and WHAT WE WANTED at the Clurman Theatre
by Kristen Morale - Jan 7, 2017

Written by David Harms and directed by Drew Foster (in association with Skyhook Productions LLC) for its current run at the Clurman Theatre (NY's Theatre Row), What We Wanted is truly one of the most intriguing plays I have ever seen performed. After a few moments' adjustment in understanding exactly what is happening, followed by a brief evaluation of whether the family scene before us is acceptable or slightly unsettling, the characters simply become people whose lives are unraveled before the audience to reveal bare, confused human beings affected by the absurdity of life, just as everyone is. (more...)

It's So Chewish! Jewish Women's Theatre Explores Special Connection Between Food and Jewish Life
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Ask any Jewish man, woman or child to describe a favorite memory and the response will likely to be a story about family, friends and food.  The sights, sounds, and smells all have special meaning, but it is memories of the tastes that bring the most smiles.  Food and Jewish life have been inseparable throughout history. The Old Testament says the Israelites celebrated their newfound freedom from the Pharaoh with a communal meal of roast lamb and herbs. Even since then, Jewish people and food have been linked symbolically and socially. "Ess my kind" is a universal anthem.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright Topher Payne Talks GREETINGS FRIEND YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
by Gracie McBride - Jan 4, 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Atlanta playwright Topher Payne about his new show, Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required, premiering at Georgia Ensemble Theater on January 5 and running through the 22nd. A fun and quirky guy, Topher was a delight to talk to, and I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of conversations Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required will spark. Without further ado, Topher Payne! (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Claire Machin Talks THE GIRLS Ahead of West End Opening
by Marianka Swain - Jan 20, 2017

Actress Claire Machin's numerous West End credits include Memphis, The Pajama Game, Betty Blue Eyes and Les Miserables. She's currently starring in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical version of the Calendar Girls story, based on the real life story of a group of WI members creating a memorable charity calendar. The Girls, which debuted at the Grand Theatre in Leeds last year, begins its West End run at the Phoenix Theatre later this month. (more...)

Serena Williams Welcomed New Year In Auckland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2017

Tennis great and current world number 2 Serena Williams has welcomed in the New Year in the first global city to see the sun come up on 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' Impressively
by Charles Shubow - Jan 18, 2017

ABBA musical hits the right notes and audiences continue to love it!!!! (more...)

BWW Interview: Mia Barron in HURRICANE DIANE at TRT
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 17, 2017

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Mia Barron about her career and Two River Theater's production of 'Hurricane Diane' that is now onstage through February 12th. The show is a commissioned world premiere written by Madeleine George and directed by Leigh Silverman. The production features choreography by Sonya Tayeh and original music by The Bengsons. (more...)

BWW Review: Surprisingly Affected by Resonant WOODY SEZ at Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - Jan 13, 2017

I'll admit to a large dose of skepticism when heading in to see "Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie" currently playing at the Seattle Rep. Not because I thought it would be bad, just not really anything I was all that interested in watching for two hours. I knew who he was the way many do. I knew he was a folk singer and I remember singing his most notable song, "This Land is Your Land" in grade school. But what I didn't know is what a fascinating life he had and how resonant his works would still be today. And I especially didn't expect to be emotionally affected as I was. But we'll come to that. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Luke Frazier of DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE: 75 YEARS OF BARBRA STREISAND with The American Pops Orchestra
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jan 11, 2017

We've all got our divas. And Luke Frazier is no different. He's going to be spending this Friday night celebrating that Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand for her 75th birthday. (more...)

Lari White Celebrates 25 Years of Music with 'Old Friends, New Love'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Grammy® Award-winning vocalist, movie (Cast Away) and Broadway actress, published author, hit songwriter and history-making record producer, Lari White, is marking 25 years as a recording artist as she prepares to release an all-new double-disc EP (more...)

GRANNY'S BLUE-MERS II: DOWN IN THE ALLEY to Debut at the Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Granny's Blue-mers II: Down in the Alley premieres at the Duplex Cabaret Theater on Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 pm. (more...)

The Cuckoo's Theater Project to Present WOMEN by Chiara Atik
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation, or at least, a voice of a generation. But being a 'little woman' in 1800s New England is Just So hard, you know? Showing the world of the beloved March sisters through the lens of HBO's hit series Girls, Women is a hilarious, fast-paced contemporary spin on a timeless classic. (more...)

'Girls, be Good' to be First Serbian Book to Translate to English
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Summary: 'Girls, be good' is an omnibus novel that consists of twenty short stories connected by a single framing narrative: just after the fall of the Berlin wall, foreign investors feel good about the investment climate in Eastern Europe and decide to open a huge toy factory in ex-Yugoslavia, where they are going to produce a hit range of toys designed for girls: small, plush lemurs called Aya, that will be sold all over the world. We then follow the little lemurs as they bear witness to physical and mental abuse, inhumane treatment and molestation of young girls around the world. The main character, the young woman who writes these stories, has a father who has sold her soul to the devil, Just So that he could obtain two decades of life outside the law and without fear of punishment. The young woman herself, meanwhile, has a pact with the devil of her own. About the Author: Bojan Babi? was born in Belgrade in 1977. He studied at the Department of Serbian and World Literature at the Faculty of Philology, in Belgrade, and later gained a Master's degree from the same department. Before commencing his studies in Serbian and World Literature, he was a singer in a little-known heavy metal/grunge band. Over the last ten years, he has worked as a prolific and acclaimed copywriter and associate creative director at a big advertising agency, winning numerous awards. As one critic wrote of Babic's novel Inhuman comedy, realistic prose seems too feeble and naïve to describe the unbelievable reality that is happening to us, hence Babic uses surreal tactics to talk about it. If one had to come up with a name for it, it would be called dystopic surreal realism, in which he always adds a pinch of dark humor, irony and an oneiric atmosphere. Critics have compared his prose to that of Don DeLillo, Boris Vian and Roberto Bolanjo. Babic won an award from the Borislav Peki? Foundation in 2011. His novel Illegal Parnassus, published in 2013, was shortlisted for the biggest national literary award, the NIN prize; it was also shortlisted for the biggest regional award (for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia) - the Meša Selimovi? prize. He has had prose, poetry and essays published in a large number of magazines and anthologies in Serbia and abroad. Reviews: '[T]he author Bojan Babic, although this may sound biased and exaggerated, is one of the most refreshing voices in our [Serbian] literature (the literature of the four-name language we all understand), at least in the past ten years. What Babic has accomplished with his novels 'IlegalniParnas' [Illegal Parnassus] and 'Devojcice, budite dobre' [Girls, be Good] <...> is most certainly the kind of step forward that we have not seen in a while.' Djordje Krajišnik, Oslobodjenje Review copies are available upon request. Title: Girls, be Good Author: Bojan Babi? Translator: Nataša Miljkovi? Publisher: Glagoslav Publications Language: English ISBN: 9781911414261 Extent: 156 pages Format: paperback, hardback, e-book (more...)

Review Roundup: Run & Tell That - Critics Weigh In On NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE aired last night, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and originated from Los Angeles. Let's see what the critics had to say! (more...)

BWW Interview: Ready to Blow Us All Away- Meet HAMILTON's Newest Star, Jordan Fisher!
by Nicole Rosky - Dec 8, 2016

Just under a year ago, Jordan Fisher was melting the hearts of millions from behind the television screen. Now he's doing it live, eight times a week from the Richard Rodgers Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview- Charlie Frye (aka 'The Eccentric') Talks Broadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 6, 2016

Today, THE ILLUSIONISTS' Charlie Frye speaks exclusively with BWW and explains why he takes his art seriously, but never takes himself seriously! (more...)

BWW Review: Stageworks Theatre Presents THE GREAT GATSBY
by Peter Nason - Dec 6, 2016

It's a hit and miss production, but Lauren Buglioli and several cast members stand out. (more...)

College of the Mainland Students Nominated for Regional Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

College of the Mainland students Tyler Fayad and Mackenzie Land have been nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Award for their performances in "C.O.M. Wasn't Built in a Day." (more...)

Erik Hassle to Release 'Innocence Lost' on RCA Records, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Swedish soul-pop favorite artist, Erik Hassle is BACK and ready for big things in 2017, starting with the release of a brand new forthcoming album, INNOCENCE LOST, due January 27th 2017 via Record Company Ten/RCA Records. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 3, 2016
by - Dec 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Interview: DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! at Fabulous Fox Theatre
by Justin Cole Adams - Dec 29, 2016

No one can refute the immense talents of the professionally trained dancers and choreographers from ABC's hit TV show, DANCING WITH THE STARS. So why not take these immense talents on tour? No reason at all! That's why until February 14, our favorites are on the road bringing the best dances of the season, and some new surprises, to a city near you. Plus, Olympic gold medal winner Laurie Hernandez will be there! (more...)

BWW Interview: Adam Langdon of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Dec 27, 2016

It is rare when a show like THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME goes on the road. While audiences across the U.S. may be used to seeing the latest Broadway musicals in their local theaters, they don't always have the chance to catch Tony winning plays unless they take a trip to New York. So when THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME rolls into Hartford, audiences at the Bushnell will have the unique opportunity to meet Christopher Boone, a beautifully complex 15 year-old English boy who sets out on a journey to solve a mystery, and discovers that where one mystery exists, others are just around the corner. Taking the stage as Christopher is recent Julliard graduate, Adam Langdon. I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam and learning about his experience playing this "exceptionally intelligent boy" and his unique connection to the role. (more...)

BWW Review: The Kinsey Sicks Bring Bawdy Humor to Theater J with OY VEY IN A MANGER
by Benjamin Tomchik - Dec 22, 2016

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or Festivus, Oy Vey In Manager taps into your naughtier side, making sense of the craziness that often fills December (more...)

Genier's Appliances Have Joined the Smart Technology Revolution
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

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Infinum develops digital platform for The Museum of Broken Relationships
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

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Review Roundup: AMELIE: A NEW MUSICAL Opens at the Ahmanson Theatre - UPDATED!
by Review Roundups - Dec 20, 2016

Center Theatre Group's production of 'Amelie, A New Musical' at the Ahmanson Theatre opened December 16 and continues through January 15, 2017. Based on the motion picture written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, 'Amelie, A New Musical' will have its Broadway premiere at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning performances on March 9, 2017 and opening April 3, 2017.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Anna-Jane Casey Talks ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
by Marianka Swain - Dec 2, 2016

Anna-Jane Casey made her West End debut in Cats, and has since starred in Chicago, West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George and Billy Elliot, among others. She's currently in rehearsals for Sheffield Crucible's Christmas show, Annie Get Your Gun, in which she plays gun-totin' Annie Oakley. Previews begin on 9 December. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Cindy Williams in MOM'S GIFT at Meadow Brook Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

'Mom's Gift,' written by Phil Olson, runs January 4 through January 29, 2017, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at Williams and co-star Dani Cochrane in character below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Justin Vivian Bond Talks THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS, Queer Role Models, and Why the Holidays Are a Nightmare
by Troy Frisby - Dec 16, 2016

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a force of nature with more than a quarter century onstage under v's (Bond's preferred pronoun) belt. A singular performer with an endless supply of bon mots, Bond has been celebrated with an Obie Award, a Bessie, a Tony nod, and the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, among other accolades. Fresh off a year-long career retrospective culminating in September's THE GOLDEN AGE OF JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, v returns to Joe's Pub on December 12 at 9:30pm with a new holiday show, THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS. Ahead of the first show, we spoke over the phone about the show, v's enduring career, and the holidays themselves. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway at NOCCA Welcomes Gavin Creel
by Heidi Scheuermann - Dec 12, 2016

I'm so thrilled to say that on Thursday evening one of my biggest inspirations, Gavin Creel, along with Seth Rudetsky will be presenting a concert at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. I'm even more thrilled to say that I had the unique opportunity to hold him hostage on the phone for nearly half an hour to talk about his life, career, and some burning questions that I just had to have answered. (more...)

Scrooge Returns to Anchorage in Perseverance Theatre's Classic Tale of Holiday Transformation: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Perseverance Theatre's lively stage adaptation of the beloved Dickens' classic is only at the PAC. It features live music, singing, and dancing along with gorgeous sets and costumes. And of course, ghosts! A Christmas Carol, adapted from Charles Dickens' original text by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney, brings magic, music, and transformation when Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Anchorage's Kevin T. Bennett, is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Dickens reminds us that it's never to late to change. Alaska Dispatch News says Perseverance Theatre's A Christmas Carol has "A gorgeous set, ambitious sound effects, and excellent acting."   (more...)

FIRST LOOK: A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS at PASADENA PLAYHOUSE
by Maeve Riley - Dec 12, 2016

A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS marks the 5th anniversary of Panto at The Playhouse, and will play from December 8, 2016 - January 8, 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Funnyman Gianmarco Soresi on His New Sketch Comedy Series, 'Matza Pizza,' Creative Freedom, and Why Our World Needs A Laugh Every Now and Then
by Courtney Savoia - Dec 1, 2016

NYC-based actor, stand-up comedian, and writer, Gianmarco Soresi, is leaving audiences in stitches once again with a new comedy sketch series, 'Matza Pizza' - his own creation with actor/producer Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand. With new videos each Monday, this highly entertaining series explores experiences and customs relative to Soresi's Jewish Italian heritage while asking the bigger questions related to the meaning of life and one's own existence. (more...)

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