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Saturday, October 27th, 2007
12:17 pm

The New York City based Folksbiene Yiddish Theater had two separate two-week runs of a fully staged production of my Yiddish version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” – a.k.a. _Di Yam Gazlonim_.  The March 18 – April 1, 2007 performances as well as the original run in Oct. 29 – Nov. 12, 2006 played to sold-out audiences.  I attribute this to the 20 rave reviews in English, Yiddish, Hebrew & Russian newspapers & websites, including one by Lawrence Van Gelder in The NY Times.  The web reviews brought young people of various ethnic groups to the performances.  As a result _Di Yam Gazlonim_ was nominated by the New York drama critics for a 2007 Drama Desk Award in the “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” category.  Click here for the 2007 Drama Desk Award Nominations: http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/10609.   [Scroll down to the 4th category – “Outstanding Revival of a Musical:” – and you will see DI YAM GAZLONIM among the list of nominees.


After getting the nomination I was invited to a reception at The Russian Tea Room where I was introduced to Kevin Spacey, Vanessa Redgrave, etc.  Click here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=18541  and after the introductory text scroll down to the 31st picture and you’ll see me and Zalmen Mlotek, the artistic and executive director of Folksbiene, walking on the red carpet leading to The Russian Tea Room.


For Tommy Tune scroll down to the 34th photo.


Photo 36 for Michael Mayer and Martha Plimpton.


Photo 37 for Vanessa Redgrave.


Photos 64 - 66 for Kristin Chenoweth


Photo 71 for Kevin Spacey


Photo 74 for Audra McDonald


Last photo for Frank Langella


And take a peek at the dozens of others who you may recognize.


FinallyHere are over a dozen rave reviews that appeared as the Yiddish “Pirates” show ran last Fall and again in the Spring:


A detailed profile/preview by NY Times writer Lisa Schillinger (Oct. 22, 2006) followed by reviews of DI YAM GAZLONIM (Yiddish “Pirates of Penzance”) Oct. 29 through Nov. 12, 2006 and March 18 through April 1, 2007.


Lisa Schillinger – NY Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/22/theater/22schi.html?ei=5088&en=0d99b31672a6ddf0&ex=1319169600&adxnnl=0&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1163289329-YewZJxmXuJ+4ItP9pm5GkQ&pagewanted=all 

Lawrence Van Gelder - NY Times:      http://theater2.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/theater/reviews/08pira.html


Ward Morehouse III - "Breathtaking Yiddish Opera" - Broadway After Dark: http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-3-4/52382.html


Lisa Ferber - nytheatre.com review - March 25, 2007http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/pira4129.htm


William Wolf - Wolf Entertainment Guide - New York Calling: http://www.wolfentertainmentguide.com/pub/theater_friend.asp?id=3898&sender=Wolf&type=theaterquery


The Blueprint Review (Staff):  http://www.nyblueprint.com/article.asp?aid=262


Michael Dale - Broadway World:   http://broadwayworld.com/printcolumn.cfm?id=16914


Irene Backalenick - Jewish Theater:    http://www.jewish-theatre.com/visitor/article_display.aspx?articleID=2126

Masha Leon - English Forward:           http://www.forward.com/articles/remembering-the-ghetto/ 

Miriam Rinn - New Jersey Jewish Standard: http://www.jstandard.com/articles/2426/1/Yiddish-pirates

Alexander Gelfand - English Forward: http://www.forward.com/articles/lyrics-sparkle-in-yiddish-pirates-of-penzance/


Plot Description - NY Times: http://theater2.nytimes.com/gst/theater/tdetails.html?id=1154669594468


Gwen Orel - Backstage.com: 



Irene Backalenick - New York/Connecticut Theater Scene: http://nytheaterscene.com/RevEThePiratesofPenzance.htm


NYChttp://cityguideny.com/listingsinfo.cfm?id=2355&table=Theater&lid=5&cat=2 Official City Guide: 

Saturday, February 24th, 2007
3:50 pm
The National Yiddish Theatre - FOLKSBIENE
Return engagement of fully-staged production of
Gilbert and Sullivan's
Di Yam Gazlonim ("The Pirates of Penzance") in Yiddish
Book and Lyrics by Al Grand
Directed by Allen Lewis Rickman
Musical Direction by Zalmen Mlotek

JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street

Tickets $40/ $36 Members
Call 212-279-4200 for dates, time schedules and ticket info.
To purchase tickets online visit




Sunday, August 27th, 2006
2:28 pm
2:16 pm
Fully-staged, off-Broadway production of DI YAM GAZLONIM
A fully-staged, off-Broadway FOLKSBIENE THEATER production of Al Grand's YIDDISH "PIRATES OF PENZANCE" a.k.a.,DI YAM GAZLONIM will take place at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. (at 76th St.) from October 29th through November 12, 2006. TO PURCHASE TICKETS CALL TICKET CENTRAL AT 212-279-4200 OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT http://www.ticketcentral.com/.

Buy at Box Office:
Ticket Central Box Office
416 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Open Daily 12-8pm

Monday, February 27th, 2006
3:48 pm
Zalmen Mlotek, musical and artistic director of The Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, is planning to bring a production of DI YAM GAZLONIM to London. Please come back here to learn the finalized date for this gala Yiddish event!
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
5:29 pm
Golden Land Concerts & Connections is proud to join with the New York
Music and Heritage Festival and the 92nd Street Y to present the
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre's hysterical production of "DI YAM GAZLONIM"
- the Yiddish adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta The
Pirates of Penzance. The piece was adapted and translated into Yiddish
by Al Grand, and will be performed by the world renowned New Yiddish
Chorale under the musical direction of the Yiddish musical icon Zalmen
Mlotek, with fantastic soloists Robert Abelson, Henry Carrey, Nell
Snaidas, Dan Rous, Mary Feinsinger, Jake Feldman and SPECIAL GUEST

When? Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8pm
Where? The 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NYC
How Much? $65 (VIP seating, Reception); $30, $25
Where can I get more info? 212-608-0555
Where can I buy tickets? 212-415-5500 or <http://www.oyhoo.com/>
www.oyhoo.com, click on The NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival, click
to view the full day by day schedule (near the bottom), click on "21st",
and click on Buy Tix
Where can I see a PDF announcement with all the details?

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