'Milk and Honey'-a Musical About American Widows Who Tour Israel in Search of Husbands-Opens Off-Broadway.
Fiddler on the Roof was by no means Broadway's first Jewish musical. Three years before it debuted on the Great White Way, Milk and Honey opened at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) in October 1961. (Did I mention the show begins with Hebrew dialogue?) Unfortunately, it's a rarely produced musical, which why it's lucky it's playing Off-Broadway now, in concert, through February 5. Milk and Honey, a musical about get thisa group of American widows who tour Israel and seek husbands, has launched the York Theatre Company's annual "Musicals in Mufti" series, in which musical revivals play largely without props or costumes.
Its timing is no coincidence. Hello, Dolly! is set to open on Broadway this year (starring Bette Midler, no less). Jerry Herman (who gave this production of Milk and Honey his blessing) is 85, and it's a perfect time to celebrate even his lesser known works (the York is also soon producing his musical Dear World). The book writer Don Appell's centennial is still two years off, but we're 98 percent of the way there, right? It also bears noting that Milk and Honey was Molly Picon's first Broadway credit in over a decade. In this production, her role went to Alix Korey, who most recently played Yenta in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, who of course was played by Picon in the film. We can only assume that Korey will take on Yidl Mitn Fidl next. Her character, Clara Weiss, (sometimes literally) rallies her fellow tourists in the aforementioned "Chin Up, Ladies""We'd like to carry home a six-foot souvenir!/So keep your chin up, ladies!/Somewhere over the rainbow there's a man!"
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|Date:||Jan 30, 2017|
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