Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
Composer John Kander plays on social injustice, comfortable at making an audience squirm a bit
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Razzle-dazzle 'em? Who better than John Kander. The Chicago composer has always thought of Broadway as his kind of town. Now, it may be Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Theatre Company www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org has bagged some major bragging rights in bringing The Scottsboro Boys -- a critically acclaimed theater piece that nevertheless got the audience's heave on Broadway in December 2010 -- to...
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This is the first in an occasional series focusing on young area performers with bust-out talent. At 21, Jackson Greenberg has reached the other side of paradise. This side isn't too bad, either. As he looks at life from both sides now, Greenberg has plenty of mirror space left to reflect on. Indeed, the Gladwyne resident is in a league...
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Beard or no beard: "a Jew is a Jew is a Jew." At least, so said Chevra leader Aryeh Shalom and several other Matisyahu fans interviewed before the Orthodox reggae star took to the stage at the Theatre of Living Arts during a Saturday night stop on his sixth annual Chanukah tour.
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He is el judio of Los Lobos. It takes cheek to check out an all-Chicano band and not wonder, "Where do I belong as a Jew?" But Steve Berlin had no such burdens; the protean music man of sax appeal and keyboard craft first heard the group perform some 30 years ago, and immediately tapped into their tapas tones and...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
Toronto native and Philadelphia transplant Chana Rothman, 37, has staked out a niche mashing together breezy hip-hop beats, sunny acoustic reggae, and a warm mouthy flow that draws lyrically from Hebrew liturgy and relaxed, left-wing politics. Chana Rothman's new self-released album is of a "Beautiful Land." On "Lay Down Your Swords," she code-switches between English and Hebrew, singing over a...
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