LIVE SHOW (and Tell!) Series
Monday, December 7 at 7pm
Bar Mitzvah Boy
Book by Jack Rosenthal
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Jack Rosenthal
New book by David Thompson
Music Directed by Darren R. Cohen
Directed by Annette Jolles
This is a panel discussion of The York's production, NOT a performance.
Based on Rosenthal's award-winning 1976 BBC1 teleplay of the same name, Bar Mitzvah Boy is a bittersweet musical comedy about a young Jewish boy who runs away from his Bar Mitzvah into which his parents have poured their efforts and money. Looking at the adult world, young Eliot Green doubts if he can cope with being a part of it. Rosenthal's hysterical story of a family's anxious build-up to their only son's Bar Mitzvah will resonate with many Jewish families, but this classic tale speaks loudly for any important family occasion -- whatever the religion. Originally produced at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End in 1978, Bar Mitzvah Boy is composer Jule Styne's only musical written expressly for London. The York's 2018 presentation marked the New York premiere of a new version first presented in London in 2016, with a book adapted by David Thompson and new songs with lyrics by Black, using previously unheard Styne melodies.