Jewish, the Musical tells the story of discovering and embracing Jewish identity by two public school teenagers through songs, Jewish songs.
The show is in English and the songs, like "Hava Nagila", "Tumbalalaika", "Hatikvah" and other Jewish standards are translated and/or adapted to English and integrated into scenes highlighting important milestones of Jewish history told in song and dances.
The songs are arranged in different styles, but most notably in klezmer pop and swing, as well as hip hop, ballroom, often with Chasidic jazz connotations.
It's a story of two Jewish teenagers, a boy, and a girl, who are just friends and try to figure out how to embrace their Jewish cultural identity in the public school of Manhattan while staying cool among their classmates.
Every year students of the Manhattan Music Arts public school prepare an annual concert in the form of a musical, and this time it's called "Jewish, the Musical". The author, music teacher, Mr. Shapiro, translated and adapted the old traditional Jewish songs to English as a way to make the best Jewish tunes available to wide audiences. This year's concert is scheduled to be streamed live from the heart of Times Square and is going to be broadcast on a few major media platforms, including national TV channels and YouTube.
Jewish, the Musical presents the best of Jewish song and dance through the comedic crazy-straw of a high school show gone wrong and the teacher trying to keep chaos together. Songs are based on the traditional Jewish folk tunes (e.g., "Dayenu", "Tango in Auschwitz", "Oseh Shalom" and "Yevarechecha" among others) with original lyrics in English and modern arrangements fusing klezmer with pop, hip hop, and ballroom swing.
Jewish, the Musical tells the story of present-day teenagers discovering the cultural identity and the story of Jewish people through preparations and production of a school musical and learning an important lesson: be proud of your own ethnic identity while respecting others no matter your background and be cool.
Flashbacks from the rivers of Babylon, liberation day in Buchenwald, grandma's Channukah candles flickering all night, people on TV mama always points out exclaiming "He/she is Jewish!", "Lehaim, dude!" and a superhero from a metaverse fighting antisemitism bring out reminiscences from Jewish history and come alive in a flamboyant spectacle that makes you think "Jewish? OMG!!!"
A few first demo songs for the musical are available from the link below:
P.S. Jewish, the Musical unequivocally support and promote the values of friendship, inclusion, tolerance, and diversity.
Under development by Hudson Kin, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America
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