Off-Broadway's JEWTOPIA to Close April 29

By: Mar. 30, 2007
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The long-running comedy Jewtopia, written by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, will play its final performance on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 PM.  The Off-Broadway sensation opened in New York on October 21, 2004 (previews began September 28, 2004) following a 16-month sold-out run at West Hollywood's Coast Playhouse where it still holds the record as Los Angeles' longest-running comedy.  At the conclusion of its Off-Broadway run, Jewtopia will have played 1,079 performances (27 previews, 1,052 regular performances).  Productions are slated to open in Tampa and Toronto in Fall 2007.

Though it took 40 years for the Chosen People to reach the Promised Land, the hit comedy recouped its entire investment Off-Broadway in a record 20 weeks, before spawning productions in both Chicago and South Florida (2005). The popular comedy won praise from critics and fans alike. The Los Angeles Times cheered "Hilarious!  Raucous! Merciless! …When Jewtopia hits its mark, which is frequently, it's outrageously funny," and Variety proclaimed the comedy "Entertaining!  Wild!  Raucous! Certain to hit home with ALL observers, whatever their religion."

Jewtopia tells the story of two single guys, Chris O'Connell and Adam Lipschitz.  Chris, a gentile, wants to marry a Jewish girl so that he'll never have to make another decision for the rest of his life. Adam, a Jew under pressure from his family to marry a Jewish girl, wonders what Chris is thinking. Customs clash and stereotypes collide as this outrageous comedy unfolds.  Written by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, Jewtopia is directed by TonyÒ nominee John Tillinger.  The current cast includes Lorry Goldman, Josh Heine, Vanessa Lemonides, Becky London, Rosanne Ma, Jeremy Rishe and Joel Rooks.
In September of 2006 Fogel and Wolfson celebrated the publication of Jewtopia, The Chosen Book for the Chosen People, an over-the-top, four-color, fully illustrated coffee-table book (Warner Books).  Currently, they are at work on the film inspired by Jewtopia entitled Lipschitz and O'Connell Lose their Religion.  Additionally, Fogel and Wolfson recently completed writing a TV pilot, "Middletown," and are writing a second feature film.                                                                                                                                 

Jewtopia plays at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street between 9th & 10th Avenues) as follows: Tuesday through Saturday @ 8:00PM with matinee performances on Wednesday & Saturday @ 2:00 PM and Sunday @ 3:00 PM.
Tickets for performances Tuesday through Thursday are $65.00. Tickets for performances Friday through Sunday are $70.00.  Premium seating tickets are available for $120.  Tickets may be purchased at or by calling (212) 239-6200. 
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