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Based on the play by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Shlemiel the First received rave reviews when it premiered in 1994. Stephen Holden, New York Times, celebrated Shlemiel as "A comic ode to the rejuvenating power of the erotic imagination...propulsively tuneful music and dazzling lyrics." John Lahr wrote in The New Yorker that "Shlemiel is busting its buttons with joy." John Heilpern, New York Observer, said, "It returns us to the heart of musical comedy...unapologetically playful, sweet, a bit mad and very funny."



A cast of eight, an unusual and innovative creative team and an eight musician live band bring the erotic, comic, surreal quality of Singer's story to life. Shlemiel takes place in Chelm, a village of fools. Half sad-sack clown, half accidental messiah, Shlemiel's charm is in his childlike innocence, and the charm of this musical is in its playfulness and unapologetic, unalloyed delight. It turns an already absurd world hilariously and redemptively, topsy-turvy.


Boston Playwrights' Theatre 2015-16 Season to Feature Works by Robert Brustein & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) today announces the three new plays that will comprise its 34th season. The line-up includes Exposed by Robert Brustein, Back the Night by Melinda Lopez and Rhinoceros adapted by Wesley Savick. (more...)

Caborca and Magic Futurebox's OPEN UP, HADRIAN Extends Through 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2012

Riding great word of mouth and a terrific review, Caborca Theatre and Magic Futurebox have extended their current production, Open up, Hadrian, through October 6th at Magic Futurebox (55 33rd St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn 11232). (more...)

OPEN UP, HADRIAN Runs Now thru 9/30 at Magic Futurebox
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2012

Caborca Theatre and Magic Futurebox has announced their upcoming co-production, Open up, Hadrian, playing at Magic Futurebox (55 33rd St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn 11232) from tonight, September 13th to September 30, 2012. Written byJavierantonio González and directed by Meiyin Wang, Open up, Hadrian is an immersive promenade production that jumps more than 2,000 years and 20,000 square feet, transforming the Sunset Park warehouse into Ancient Rome by way of an excavated film set not so long abandoned. (more...)

David Gordon's DANCING HENRY FIVE Opens at Peak Performances, 10/6-9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2011

David Gordon has the rare gift of slyly slipping profound commentary into what appears a wacky good time. Example: 'DANCING HENRY FIVE,' which will be revived after four years at Peak Performances, October 6-9. Using physical staging, movie, music and select bits of Shakespeare's own language, this severely condensed version (from five hours to one hour) of the Bard's anti-war play takes on contemporary relevance through its veiled, and sometimes not-so-veiled, allusions to present day politics, love and war, proving some things never change. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances on Tuesday, August 14. (more...)

David Gordon's DANCING HENRY FIVE Opens at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2011

David Gordon has the rare gift of slyly slipping profound commentary into what appears a wacky good time. Example: 'DANCING HENRY FIVE,' which will be revived after four years at Peak Performances, October 6-9. Using physical staging, movie, music and select bits of Shakespeare's own language, this severely condensed version (from five hours to one hour) of the Bard's anti-war play takes on contemporary relevance through its veiled, and sometimes not-so-veiled, allusions to present day politics, love and war, proving some things never change. (more...)

Caborca and Magic Futurebox's OPEN UP, HADRIAN Extends Through 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2012

Riding great word of mouth and a terrific review, Caborca Theatre and Magic Futurebox have extended their current production, Open up, Hadrian, through October 6th at Magic Futurebox (55 33rd St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn 11232). (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

For its 99th season, the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present one of the largest productions in its history, the American premiere of a new musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film Lies My Father Told Me adapted from the works of Ted Allan. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Judy Blazer, Judy Kaye, Stuart Zagnit Set For FOLKSBIENE CABARET DINNER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2011

The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene (now in its historic 97th consecutive season), celebrates the enduring influence of Yiddish on American popular culture at its annual Cabaret Dinner on Tuesday November 22, at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene to Present LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME, 11/10-21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

For its 99th season, the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present one of the largest productions in its history, the American premiere of a new musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film Lies My Father Told Me adapted from the works of Ted Allan. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene to Present LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME, 11/10-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2013

For its 99th season, the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present one of the largest productions in its history, the American premiere of a new musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film Lies My Father Told Me adapted from the works of Ted Allan. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2013

For its 99th season, the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present one of the largest productions in its history, the American premiere of a new musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film Lies My Father Told Me adapted from the works of Ted Allan. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Shlemiel the First Plays Jack H. Skirball Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2011

The acclaimed 1994 world premiere of the Klezmer musical Shlemiel the First, was at Boston's American Repertory Theater (ART). (more...)

Don't Tell Mama Announces BROADWAY 'BOOZY' BRUNCH November Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Restaurant Row's beloved piano bar, Don't Tell Mama, has announced Broadway 'Boozy' Brunch's special guest line up for November! (more...)

Cast Announced for THE MOTHER LINE STORY Project at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Following sold-out performances at The PIT and Dixon Place, THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT is coming to the Abingdon Theatre Company's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street) for a one-night-only engagement on Friday, December 2 at 7pm. Created and performed by members of The Mother Line Story Project, this evening of unique stories celebrating women is based on an original concept by Eliza Simpson (co-star of Off-Broadway's The Woodsman). Kel Haney is set to direct. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 11/28/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2011

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 11/28/11. (more...)

Judy Blazer, Judy Kaye, Stuart Zagnit Set For FOLKSBIENE CABARET DINNER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2011

The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene (now in its historic 97th consecutive season), celebrates the enduring influence of Yiddish on American popular culture at its annual Cabaret Dinner on Tuesday November 22, at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 11/21/11
by - Nov 21, 2011

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 11/21/11. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene to Present LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME, 11/10-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2013

For its 99th season, the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present one of the largest productions in its history, the American premiere of a new musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film Lies My Father Told Me adapted from the works of Ted Allan. (more...)

THE WOODSMAN to Return to 59E59 Theaters This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

59E59 Theaters and Strangemen & Co., in association with Robb Nanus and Rachel Sussman, present the return engagement of The Woodsman to 59E59 Theaters, Theater B (59 East 59 Street between Park and Madison Avenues). Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, with associate direction by Devin Dunne Cannon. The Woodsman begins performances Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and opens Sunday, January 18, 2015. The Woodsman will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, February 22, 2015. The exclusive 59E59 Member presale begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 and tickets will be on sale to the general public on Friday, December 5, 2014. (more...)

Richard Nelson's THE GABRIELS Election Year Play Cycle to Tour to DC, Hong Kong and Australia
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that Richard Nelson's acclaimed trilogy THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family will tour to Washington D.C., Australia, and Hong Kong beginning in January 2017. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene Premieres LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2013

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present for its 99th season the American premiere of the tender coming-of-age musical adapted from the 1975 Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award winning film Lies My Father Told Me based on the works of Ted Allan. Lies My Father Told Me begins previews today, November 10, at 2:00pm for a press opening Thursday, November 21, at 7:30pm at the Nagelberg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue. (more...)

Michael Boyd to Be Honored at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala Tonight, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2012

Acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Artistic Director Michael Boyd will receive the Samuel H. Scripps Award at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala Celebrating Shakespeare's 448th Birthday. The celebration, tonight, May 7, is at the Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. (more...)

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces Cast and Creative for RICH GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

When sheltered Claudine meets starving artist Henry, she falls head over heels. But her mother, a tough-talking celebrity financial guru, has her doubts: Is Henry everything her daughter deserves or is he only after her money? Rich Girl, a modern day take on the classic play and film The Heiress, is a clever new comedy about women, men, mothers, and money – but not necessarily in that order. (more...)

Peter Cambor and More Join Commonwealth Shakespeare's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2013

One of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 'Free Shakespeare On The Common' celebrates its 18th season with the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas, this production brings together the talents of CSC's Artistic Director Steve Maler, music director Colin Thurmond and choreographer Yo-el Cassel. Playing July 6 - 28, 2013, performances are free and open to the public. (more...)

Peter Cambor and More Star in Commonwealth Shakespeare's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2013

One of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 'Free Shakespeare On The Common' celebrates its 18th season with the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas, this production brings together the talents of CSC's Artistic Director Steve Maler, music director Colin Thurmond and choreographer Yo-el Cassel. Playing today, July 6 - 28, 2013. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances on Tuesday, August 14. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage To Present RED 1/6-2/4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2012

From January 6 through February 4, 2012, SpeakEasy Stage will present the New England Premiere of the 2010 Tony Award-winning play RED by John Logan. (more...)

Commonwealth Shakespeare and Suffolk University to Present THE LAST WILL World Premiere, 2/13-24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2013

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University present the world premiere of Suffolk University's Distinguished Scholar in Residence Robert Brustein's The Last Will, the final installment of Brustein's trilogy about the life of William Shakespeare. Performance dates are February 13-24, 2013. (more...)

THE WOODSMAN Returns to 59E59 Theaters Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

59E59 Theaters and Strangemen & Co., in association with Robb Nanus and Rachel Sussman, present the return engagement of The Woodsman to 59E59 Theaters, Theater B (59 East 59 Street between Park and Madison Avenues). Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, with associate direction by Devin Dunne Cannon. The Woodsman begins performances tonight, January 13, 2015 and opens Sunday, January 18, 2015. The Woodsman will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, February 22, 2015. The exclusive 59E59 Member presale begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 and tickets will be on sale to the general public on Friday, December 5, 2014. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage To Present RED 1/6-2/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2012

From January 6 through February 4, 2012, SpeakEasy Stage will present the New England Premiere of the 2010 Tony Award-winning play RED by John Logan. (more...)

Stephanie Hayes, Alenka Kraigher and More Set for The Public's OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE)
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the world premiere of OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE). Written, directed, and designed by Richard Foreman who has been working with The Public Theater for more than 36 years, OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE) begins performances in The Public's Martinson Theater on Tuesday, April 30 and runs through Sunday, June 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, May 7. (more...)

Commonwealth Shakespeare and Suffolk University to Present THE LAST WILL World Premiere, 2/13-24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University present the world premiere of Suffolk University's Distinguished Scholar in Residence Robert Brustein's The Last Will, the final installment of Brustein's trilogy about the life of William Shakespeare. Performance dates are February 13-24, 2013. (more...)

New Rep Extends THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE Through March 8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

New Repertory Theatre announces THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE, now playing through March 8, 2015 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $30-$60 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. Added performances include: Friday, March 6, 8pm; Saturday, March 7, 3pm; Saturday, March 7, 8pm; and Sunday, March 8, 2pm. (more...)

Commonwealth Shakespeare and Suffolk University Present THE LAST WILL World Premiere, Now thru 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2013

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University present the world premiere of Suffolk University's Distinguished Scholar in Residence Robert Brustein's The Last Will, the final installment of Brustein's trilogy about the life of William Shakespeare. Performance dates are tonight, February 13-24, 2013. (more...)

Stephen Mo Hanan and Avi Hoffman to Star in National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER, 3/2-16; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Following a wildly successful Off Broadway run last Spring, The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's critically-acclaimed musical production 'The Megile of Itzik Manger' will return to Baruch Performing Arts Center for a two week limited engagement, March 2 - 16. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME to Close 12/15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's hit musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film Lies My Father Told Me adapted from the works of Ted Allan will end its highly acclaimed run Sunday, December 15. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/5/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2011

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 12/5/11. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/19/11
by - Dec 19, 2011

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 12/19/11. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage To Present RED 1/6-2/4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2011

From January 6 through February 4, 2012, SpeakEasy Stage will present the New England Premiere of the 2010 Tony Award-winning play RED by John Logan. (more...)

Public Theater Announces Cast of THE GABRIELS Three-Play Cycle
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the world premiere three-play cycle THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family, written and directed by Richard Nelson. Featuring the same core acting company for all three productions, Play One: HUNGRY, will begin previews on Saturday, February 27 and run through, Sunday, March 20, with an official press opening on Friday, March 4, 2016. The second play, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?, will premiere in September and the final play in the new cycle, WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, will open on election night, November 8, 2016. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 15, 2015
by - Dec 15, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Shlemiel the First Plays Jack H. Skirball Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2011

The acclaimed 1994 world premiere of the Klezmer musical Shlemiel the First, was at Boston's American Repertory Theater (ART). (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/12/11
by - Dec 12, 2011

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 12/12/11. (more...)

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Announces 10th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2013

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce programming for its tenth season, 2013-14. In its first decade, NYU Skirball has made substantial contributions not only to the community surrounding the country's largest private university, but also to a broader cultural landscape. In recent years, Executive Director Michael Harrington has used the venue-which, with 860 seats and state-of-the-art production capabilities, is unique in downtown Manhattan-to provide a platform for artists from around the world and from the facility's Greenwich Village neighborhood to practice their craft on a larger scale. In addition to multiple-night or -week runs (Joshua Light Show, Not by Bread Alone, Shlemiel the First), NYU Skirball Center hosts a range of singular events, such as a dialogue between David Byrne and Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson, Reggie Watts in concert, Comedian Rob Delaney and the and season 2 premiere of HBO's "Girls." (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene to Premiere LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME, Beg. 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene will present for its 99th season the American premiere of the tender coming-of-age musical adapted from the 1975 Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award winning film Lies My Father Told Me based on the works of Ted Allan. Lies My Father Told Me begins previews Sunday, November 10, at 2:00pm for a press opening Thursday, November 21, at 7:30pm at the Nagelberg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue. (more...)

OPEN UP, HADRIAN Runs 9/13-30 at Magic Futurebox
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2012

Caborca Theatre and Magic Futurebox has announced their upcoming co-production, Open up, Hadrian, playing at Magic Futurebox (55 33rd St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn 11232) from September 13th to September 30, 2012. Written byJavierantonio González and directed by Meiyin Wang, Open up, Hadrian is an immersive promenade production that jumps more than 2,000 years and 20,000 square feet, transforming the Sunset Park warehouse into Ancient Rome by way of an excavated film set not so long abandoned. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season Tonight, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances tonight, August 14. (more...)

Michael Boyd to Be Honored at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2012

Acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Artistic Director Michael Boyd will receive the Samuel H. Scripps Award at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala Celebrating Shakespeare's 448th Birthday. The celebration, Monday, May 7, is at the Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. (more...)

The Public's OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES Begins 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) will begin previews for the world premiere of OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE) on Tuesday, April 30. Written, directed, and designed by Richard Foreman, who has been working with The Public Theater for more than 36 years, OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE) and runs through Sunday, June 2, in The Public's Martinson Theater, with an official press opening on Tuesday, May 7. (more...)

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