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Michelle Azar

From Baghdad To Brooklyn

Performer Michelle Azar brings her life story to the stage in Ann Arbor. Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer Michelle Azar recently argued to send an accused murderer to death. She didn’t win, but the outcome was to be expected. Azar isn’t a lawyer. She was making a guest appearance portraying a prosecuting attorney on How to…

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Still from 1923 productions of Di goldene kale.

The Toast Of Jewish Broadway

Musicologist Dr. Michael Ochs brings the joy of Yiddish operetta to Ann Arbor. Julie Smith Yolles Special to the Jewish News When Michael Ochs was 2 years old, his family left Germany, where he was born, right before the beginning of WWII. They left everything behind and started their lives all over again in New…

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Amalie Materna, Emil Scaria and Hermann Winkelmann (right) in the 1882 premiere production of Parsifal in Bayreuth, 1882

My Parsifal Conductor

Alice Burdick Schweiger Special to the Jewish News Heading to NYC this fall? Check out this play written by a Jew, based on an opera by an anti-Semite that was conducted by his close friend, a Jew. Above: Amalie Materna, Emil Scaria and Hermann Winkelmann (right) in the 1882 premiere production of Parsifal in Bayreuth, 1882…

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Ed Asner in A Man and His Prostate

Grouchy Old Man

Julie Smith Yolles Special to the Jewish News Ed Asner talks politics, prostates and philanthropy. Seven-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner stars in Ed. Weinberger’s one-man comedy A Man and His Prostate at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the historic Players Theatre at 3321 E. Jefferson in Detroit. He recently sat down with the…

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The In[heir]itance Project performance of the Sarah-Hagar story from Genesis in Kanas City.

Sukkot Embodied

Immersive theater experience will provide a new way of connecting to the holiday. It won’t be in a sukkah, but the surroundings will give the sense of being in one with indoor-outdoor access. It won’t serve home-cooked holiday foods, but the catered dinner menu will offer variety and the essence of special tastes. And it…

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The Capitol Steps

Making America Grin Again

The Capitol Steps perform at JET’s annual fundraiser. The JET will once again host the Capitol Steps, performing their new musical comedy review, Make America Grin Again. The nationally renowned political satire troupe will be the featured entertainment at JET’s annual gala, which will be held at Temple Israel from 6-9 p.m., on Thursday, Sept.…

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Fiddler on the Roof (in English) made a return to Broadway in 2016. PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS

Return To Tradition

A pair of Metro Detroit natives are among the cast of a Joel Grey-directed version of Fiddler on the Roof — all in Yiddish. Michael Yashinsky and Daniel Kahn each grew up in Farmington Hills thinking about the possibilities of stage careers, but they didn’t get to know each other until 2016, when they were…

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Casa Valentina JET Theater cast.

Casa Valentina Crosses Gender Lines With Humor And Heart

As it leaves its longtime home in the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, the JET theatre company will be remembered for many things — not the least of which will be its season finale production, Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina. Fierstein, a Tony Award-winning playwright (Kinky Boots, Torch Song Trilogy and the libretto of La Cage Aux Folles)…

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Mean Girls

Tony Time!

Alice Burdick Schweiger Special to the Jewish News Keep this list of Tony-nominated Jews by your side as you watch the big event — plus what’s new and hot on and off Broadway. The Tony Awards air June 10 on CBS at 8 p.m., hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban and broadcast live from…

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Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Getting To Know You

Above: Elena Shaddow as Anna with the Royal Children in The King and I. A West Bloomfield native returns home as stage manager of a touring production of The King and I. As a young child seeing The Lion King for the first time, Jenn Jacobs literally screamed with delight as the procession of life-sized…

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