Los Angelenos Get Exclusive First Look At IRENA SENDLER: A MUSICAL
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, the Jewish Community Foundation and 3G@LAMOTH present an exclusive first look at the new musical "Irena Sendler: A Musical," the inspiring yet little-known story of Polish social worker Irena Sendler, on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. at Temple Emanuel. Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
Sendler, who was not Jewish, served in the Polish Underground during World War II. She helped smuggle Jewish children and infants out of the Warsaw ghetto, providing them with false identity documents and shelter. For her heroism, Sendler was recognized and honored by the State of Israel, the United States Congress, the Polish Government and Pope John Paul II. She died in 2008 at age 98.
"Irena Sendler: A Musical" was written by acclaimed artists Megan Cavallari and Kait Kerrigan and is directed by Jonah Platt. Cavallari is a multi-platinum artist songwriter and composer who has written for film, television, theater, pop artists and commercials. Kerrigan, a playwright, lyricist and composer of musicals, has been named one of Broadway's brightest up-and-coming talents. Platt is a writer, actor and director who appeared on Broadway in "Wicked."
Members of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, under the direction of Noreen Green, and the American Jewish University Choir will be part of the performances. The event marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the first survivor-founded Holocaust museum in the United States, is a primary source institution that commemorates those who perished, honors those who survived, and houses the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust. Since 1961 the museum has provided free Holocaust education to students and visitors from across Los Angeles, the United States and the world, fulfilling the mission of the founding Holocaust survivors to commemorate, educate and inspire. The museum is open seven days a week, and admission is always free. lamoth.org