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CULTURAL CONNECTIONS ABOUND IN TMTP’S NEW PARTNERSHIP

Jerry_Herman_1979_00HE CREATED THREE OF BROADWAY’S BIGGEST HITS: Hello, Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles and Mame. But Jewish-American composer and lyricist Jerry Herman also provided a voice for his own community by writing musicals steeped in Jewish culture such as The Grand Tour (starring Joel Grey) and Milk and Honey (with Molly Picon).

That’s why The Temple-Tifereth Israel (TTTI) is the perfect setting for our next concert, “Open a New Window: The Songs of Jerry Herman.” The multimedia show, hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier, features vocalists Caitlin Hyland and Joe Monaghan. It will be presented in the Temple’s beautifully refurbished sanctuary, which doubles as a state-of-the-art auditorium, on Sunday, March 26 (see below for detail).

Rabbi Roger Klein is thrilled by the new partnership between TMTP and TTTI. “Both musical theater and faith,” he says, “reflect the depth and breadth of the human spirit.”

“Our vibrant Tifereth Israel community is filled with members who are committed to Jewish Learning Through the Arts and appreciate what Jerry Herman has contributed to our cultural experiences over the years,” adds Temple member Barbara Kuby. “What a perfect partnership with TMTP to feature his life and music in our new performance space.”

Wendy Elconin, a Temple member and longtime TMTP supporter, hopes the concert introduces many people to our Song Is You! concert series. “If there are Temple members who have never attended a TMTP show, they will be surprised to learn the history that  comes with the songs. It’s so much  more than a concert!”

And TTTI cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo knows a bit about that history: “Jerry Herman’s 1961 production of Milk and Honey was truly groundbreaking— the first Broadway musical to focus on the land of Israel and her people.” You’ll hear several choice songs from the rarely performed musical, and there will even be an opportunity for audience participation.

Jacqi Loewy, a Temple member and TMTP booster, believes that “‘Open a New Window’ is a great way to look at life and the resiliency of the Jewish people: Jerry’s songs are uplifting and embrace the whole spectrum of the human experience. If that’s not ‘faith,’ I don’t know what is.”

Milk_Honey_10The appeal of his words and music have proven to be universal. As TMTP board chair and Temple member Howard Epstein puts it: “He became famous for writing songs you want to sing over and over to yourself—and with others. His hero is Irving Berlin, because they’re both masters of the American show tune.”

Speaking of opening new windows, TTTI’s $24.5 million renovation also includes a new chapel, art center, daycare building, youth lounge and lobby. But the centerpiece is the sanctuary— given a facelift for the first time in a halfcentury. There are newly upholstered seats for 500, high-tech lighting and sound, and even a hearing loop for those with the latest hearing aids.

In short, The Temple is eager to welcome the greater Cleveland community to a wonderful center for the arts, and The Musical Theater Project is proud to be part of the celebration.

TICKETS
OPEN A NEW WINDOW THE SONGS OF  JERRY HERMAN
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 | 3 PM
THE TEMPLE-TIFERETH ISRAEL
26000 SHAKER BLVD,  BEACHWOOD 44122
Tickets: $35; TMTP Members: $30
Available through TMTP’s Box Office.  Call 216-245-TMTP (8687) or CLICK HERE