Author: Stanford Friedman

The Cher Show

With a book that barely knows what it’s doing, balanced by a director, a costumer and a star who very much do, The Cher Show is easily the most exciting new Broadway musical of the season.

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The Other Josh Cohen

These Joshes score an “I’m a mensch!” factor of 10 and the finale is so sweet it will hurt your teeth. But, this journey toward love and self-esteem is told with wit and charm, and is performed by a cast oozing with charisma. Like the pints of ice cream that Josh gobbles down, this confection, er, I mean production, proves impossible to resist.

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Sesar

In this politically and autobiographically tinged tale of a boy and his father, Pabotoy, with a big assist from Shakespeare, explores what it means to be a friend, a Roman, a countryman, and an immigrant; invoking the past while finding a way to rise above it.

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Fiddler on the Roof – in Yiddish

Fiddler on the Roof, which premiered in 1964, is a timeless musical. But the fascinating new staging from The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is a time-bending musical. Spoken and sung in Yiddish (with supertitles in both English and Russian), this Fidler afn Dakh feels like an ancient version newly discovered.

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