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Daryl Roth and Others Honored at Folksbiene Mother’s Day Gala

Daryl Roth and Others Honored at Folksbiene Mother’s Day Gala
Tovah Feldshuh, Daryl Roth

Tovah Feldshuh, Daryl Roth photo by Stephen Sorokoff

It will be the mother of all star-studded galas!  On Mother’s Day the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (producers of last season’s critically acclaimed and Drama Desk-nominated musical The Golden Bride, and current producers on the upcoming Broadway stage play Indecent) presents a unique gala concert, “Our Leading Ladies,” celebrating the contributions of women in the arts, business, science, and philanthropy, at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, on Sunday, May 14, at 6:30pm.

Hosted by star of stage and screen Tovah Feldshuh (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), with world-renowned violinist Alicia Svigals of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics helming an orchestra comprised of some of the most sought-after musicians in their fields, “Our Leading Ladies” features an all-female cast of Tony-winning performers, noteworthy recording artists and audience favorites from past Folksbiene productions.  Among the confirmed artists are Judy Kaye, Rachael Sage, Joanne Borts, Annette Ezekiel-Kogan, Grace Field, Cantor Magda Fishman, Daniella Rabbani, Eleanor Reissa, Rachel Yucht, and stars of The Golden Bride Rachel Policar and Rachel Zatcoff.

Music direction is by NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. Stage direction is by Folksbiene’s Associate Artistic Director Motl Didner, who was co-director of the hit musical The Golden Bride, the movement choreography is by Merete Muenter. The gala is produced by Moishe Rosenfeld and NYTF Executive Producer Chris Massimine.

Making special appearances are the Musical Meydlekh Choir (consisting of students from NAAP P.S. 124 Theatre Club & NAAP Kids; Kid’s Company at the Westside YMCA; and East-West School of International Studies), and NYTF’s own Red Hot Yiddishe Mamas.

The evening’s ten honorees include the Broadway producer Daryl Roth; Moment Magazine editor and publisher Nadine Epstein; healthcare advancement trailblazer Marion Bergman; leading food allergy research advocate Sharyn Mann; periodontics and dental pioneer Rada Sumareva; author and educator Fanya Gottesfeld Heller; chemical engineer Rodica Burg; “Yiddishe Mame” comic books’ inspiration and philanthropist Ruth Goldschmidt; business and finance whiz Inna Khidekel, and visionary hotelier Bunny Grossinger, who is the founder of the Jon Tisch School of Hospitality and Tourism.

Established 1915, the Drama Desk-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene brings a rich cultural heritage to life on stage—one that was nearly destroyed some 80 years ago. With mainstage productions, reading series, concerts, education and outreach programs, all presented with supertitle translations, NYTF’s programming is accessible to multicultural audiences. NYTF had played in the forefront effort of bridging Jewish life with a secular world by utilizing the arts as a connector to cultural legacy, identity, and global citizenship. Now from its home at the Museum of Jewish heritage, NYTF continues to present relevant and impactful programming to more than 100,000 attendees annually. Under the leadership of Executive Producer Christopher Massimine and Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF has fostered a commitment to cultivating wide and eclectic audiences, with programs incubating in New York City and positioned to travel throughout the country and around the world.

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s special Mother’s Day gala concert, “Our Leading Ladies,” takes place on Sunday, May 14, at 6:30pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place. Tickets start at $300, and are on sale now at (212) 213-2120 ext. 208 or


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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