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TO LIFE 3: Stories & Music Celebrating The Contributions Of Jewish Composers To The Great Hollywood Musicals Comes To The Willow Theatre

Performances run January 20 – February 5, 2023.

TO LIFE 3: Stories & Music Celebrating The Contributions Of Jewish Composers To The Great Hollywood Musicals Comes To The Willow Theatre

George Gershwin. Irving Berlin. Johnny Mercer. Harold Arlen. Sheldon Harnick. Jerry Herman. These composers and many more will be highlighted in To Life 3: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to the Great Hollywood Musicals. The production will run from January 20th through February 5th at The Willow Theatre in Boca Raton's Sugar Sand Park. To Life 3 is a follow-up to two previous To Life productions - both of which sold out at the Willow Theatre in 2019 and 2020.

Featuring amusing anecdotes and fascinating historical facts, along with tributes to some of the greatest Jewish performers in Hollywood history, including Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, and Barbara Streisand, To Life 3 will be performed by five of South Florida's award-winning musical theatre artists: Julie Kleiner, Bruno Faria, Michael Materdomini, Amy Tanner, and Shari Upbin.

Hy Juter (Jupiter Theater Company, LLC) will produce the show: "We're extremely excited about this iteration of our To Life series," he says. "This time we're focusing on Hollywood and the outstanding talents that contributed to those great musicals we all remember. We have an amazing cast - their talent is extraordinary! Our director, Shari Upbin, has also written the show this year. Her background in theatre and her extensive knowledge of the Hollywood musical made her a natural choice to continue our tradition of presenting audiences with a unique combination of history, music, and fun!"

Upbin will also direct the production, and Bobby Peaco will serve as music director and pianist.


"To Life 1 and 2 featured the Jewish composers of Broadway," Upbin says. "But what most people don't realize is first of all, how many of them transitioned to Hollywood, and secondly, that there were numerous Jewish composers who wrote primarily for 'the movies'. I had an amazing time writing the script for the show," she continues. "I learned so much - there are so many fascinating stories involving these amazingly talented individuals I can't wait to share with our audiences. And of course, I couldn't leave out some of the greatest Jewish stars who left their indelible marks - Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, Barbra Streisand... so many and so memorable."

To Life 3 will run from January 20 through February 5 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. Tickets are $43; group rates (6 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $38. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sugarsandpark.org/life-3 or by phone at 561-347-3948. The Willow Theatre is located at 300 South Military Trail, in Boca Raton's Sugar Sand Park (33486).



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