Hollywood's Jewish book musicals were notable in developing characters with themes of traditional religious life vs. modern secular life, stereotypes within contemporary Jewish living, and the development of Jewish family values. Through lecture, recordings, and film, Joy explores classic Jewish-themed musicals & their characters. We'll compare the work of Fanny Brice with Alice Faye's characterization of Brice in "Rose of Washington Square" and Streisand's in "Funny Girl." We'll explore the development of Yiddish musicals from stage to film, including the work of Molly Picon, Herschel Bernardi and Maurice Schwartz in films such as "Mamele" and "Tevye The Milkman." We'll rediscover the talents of Al Jolson, Danny Thomas, and Neil Diamond in three quite different renditions of "The Jazz Singer." We'll see Zero Mostel and Topol in in "Fiddler on the Roof" along with Streisand's Yentl. We'll compare Channing's & Streisand’s Dolly Levi and revisit Max Bialystock & Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' "The Producers."
(Just a note on this class -- it is a course that would include a variety of DVD's, so I can bring a laptop and use your projector/screen. It can be presented in the santuary or elsewhere, depending on where it is easiest for the screen to be set up. I would not be using the piano.)