Rooted in the lively klezmer music that’s been called Jewish jazz, this original musical follows two sisters and a band of musicians as they come to America in 1910. Men who don’t believe in marriage, women who demand to sing, in public, immigrant challenges inspire romantic, humorous and touching numbers including “The Lonesome Kosher Cowboy,” “Anything Can Happen in America,” “Divorcee’s Tango,” and “I Want to Sing!”
You can’t listen to this engaging klezmer music --or the charming, surprisingly modern story of Love vs. Career, the New vs. Tradition--without tapping your feet, clapping your hands and breaking into a smile.
Composer Ilya Levinson, whose widely praised 1998 composition, Klezmer Rhapsody, “captures the essence of the folk genre through its alternation of schmaltz and zest” has composed for stage and screen, including the recent film documentary on Isa Kremer, Isa: the Eternal Diva. Lyricist Owen Kalt received the prestigious ASCAP Award. His cabaret songs are popular throughout the country. He wrote the lyrics for the new adaptation of “Sleepy Hollow” playing throughout the Midwest.
Cast requirements: three women, six men
violin, clarinet & piano