The Jule Styne Celebration Continues! at The York Theatre Company continues with the rare musical Bar Mitzvah Boy.
Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), and book by Jack Rosenthal (Yentl), as adapted by David Thompson(The Scottsboro Boys).
Directed by Annette Jolles, with musical direction by Darren R. Cohen,
featuring Julie Benko as Lesley Green
Neal Benari as Rabbi Sherman
Ned Eisenberg as Victor Green
Ben Fankhauser as Harold
Tim Jerome as Grandad
Peyton Lusk as Eliot Green
Casey Watkins as Denise
and Lori Wilner as Rita Green
Based on Rosenthal’s award-winning 1976 BBC1 teleplay of the same name, Bar Mitzvah Boy is a bittersweet musical comedy about a young Jewish Londoner who runs away from the Bar Mitzvah into which his parents have poured their efforts and their money. Looking at the adult world, Eliot Green doubts if he can cope with being a part of it.
Originally produced at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End in 1978,Bar Mitzvah Boy is composer Jule Styne’s only musical written expressly for London, and this presentation marks the New York premiere of a new version first presented in London in 2016, with a book adapted by David Thompsonand new songs and lyrics by Black, using previously unheard Styne melodies.
Bar Mitzvah Boy:The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, right off Lexington Ave., until Feb 13th.