New York State of Mind
Its about time someone made something of the fact that many of the best-known Christmas songs were written by Jewish composers, and no one who knows anything about his career is surprised that it was Jake Ehrenreich who finally did it.
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, the actors almost-one-man show (hes joined onstage by musicians and singers), is New York-centric, so references to Spal-deens and the significance of certain NYC boroughs may be lost on desert rats. But people from everywhere will love his intro shtick singing Meet the Mets in Yiddish and much of what follows, as well. The Mets bit sets the tone for an atypically pleasant trip down a pretty standard musical memory lane, this one about a Brooklyn kid whose immigrant family survived the Holocaust, who wound up on Broadway, and who lucky for us wrote a lively entertainment about it. (A caveat: The pre-show announcement about how its okay to make and accept cell-phone calls throughout the show is a joke. Dont do it.)
Dec. 24-Jan. 11, 2008
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