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One More Chance To See 'From The Yiddish Rialto To The Silver Screen'

One More Chance To See 'From The Yiddish Rialto To The Silver Screen'

Following the break-out success of the Yiddish production Fiddler on the Roof and the world premiere of the jazz opera Dear Erich, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) continues this season's presentations with a concert exploring Yiddish theatre's golden age with From the Yiddish Rialto to the Silver Screen on Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm., performed Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. This event is part of Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America festival.

This concert features familiar songs performed alongside newly rediscovered hits with restored orchestrations, rescued jewels of the Yiddish musical repertory. It is part of NYTF's Global Yiddish Theatre Restoration Project initiative, which brings history to life by reviving the lost and forgotten pieces of the Yiddish stage, rebuilding the production from the ground up. Restoration concerts are curated by Zalmen Mlotek and Motl Didner. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Zalmen Mlotek and Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch. As with other NYTF events, all Yiddish is accompanied by English supertitles. This concert program was sold out -- and heartily applauded -- when it premiered in 2017.

"National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene continues to innovate new theatrical and musical work while pursuing our commitment to preserve the Yiddish theatre's golden legacy. The music and the emotional response our work evokes is timeless because it is so universal. This year, we are honored to be part of Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America Festival. The Yiddish language and culture had an outsized influence in many areas, including the performing arts. We are proud to stand alongside so many other immigrant groups in contributing to American culture," said National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Chief Executive Officer Christopher Massimine.

On March 10, From the Yiddish Rialto to the Silver Screen features songs from jazz-infused Yiddish musicals, hits made popular on the Yiddish radio, and melodies accompanied by film clips (courtesy of National Center for Jewish Film) from the Yiddish musical cinema of the 1930s and 1940s. The concert stars: Glenn Seven Allen (Amerike - the Golden Land, The Golden Bride), Daniel Greenwood (The Mikado), Maya Jacobson (Fidler Afn Dakh, Amerike - The Golden Land), Joseph Mace (The Golden Bride), Rachel Policar (The Golden Bride), Daniella Rabbani (The Golden Land), and Steve Sterner (The Sorceress), and features the Uptown Downtown Orchestra conducted by Zalmen Mlotek.

Tickets to From the Yiddish Rialto to the Silver Screen start at $25. For tickets, call 212-213-2120 Ext. 100 or visit www.NYTF.org. For groups and membership call 212-213-2120 Ext. 204. All performances are accompanied by English supertitles.

Upcoming events with NYTF include a dramatic reading of H. Leivick's 1921 retelling of The Golem, the classic story of the Golem of Prague, which delves in the world of mysticism as a mediation on the effect of violence on the Jewish soul. It will be performed at Sunday, April 28 at 2 pm. Tickets are free.

Tickets are also on sale for a new, award-winning work, When Blood Ran Red, chronicling the darkest era in the Soviet Union, when former wartime heroes of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee were persecuted as enemies of the state for daring to report on the truth of the Holocaust in the German-occupied East. When Blood Ran Red is a winner of the NYTF David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play contest. This production-in-development will be performed in English. Performances are on Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Tickets are $25.

Now celebrating its 104th season, Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the US and the world's oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company. Led by CEO Christopher Massimine and Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities. NYTF aims to bring history to life by reviving and restoring lost and forgotten work, commissioning new work, and adapting pre-existing work for the 21st Century. Serving a diverse audience comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish-language aficionados and the general public, the company presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying performances. NYTF provides access to a century-old cultural legacy and inspires the imaginations of the next generation to contribute to this valuable body of work.

More information can be found at www.NYTF.org.


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