Shlemiel the First (play)

"Shlemiel the First" is a musical adaptation of the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer about a fool named "Shlemiel", set to traditional klezmer music. It was adapted by Robert Brustein with lyrics by Arnold Weinstein, and was originally produced in 1994 by the American Repertory Theatre [ [ ART Past Productions: Shlemiel the First] ] in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia [ [ Past Productions: Shlemiel the First ] ] .

The original production was edited, directed and choreographed by David Gordon [According to Alvin Klein, writing in the " [ New York Times] ": "It can be said that Singer is the original author, Mr. Brustein is the adapter and Mr. Gordon is the auteur."] with music adapted by Hankus Netsky of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Zalman Mlotek. This production subsequently played at the Lincoln Center Serious Fun Festival, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco [ [ ACT Production History] ] , the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles [ [ Variety review] ] , and also toured theatres on the east coast of Florida and in Stamford, Connecticut. [ [ 'Shlemiel' Continues A Path to Broadway] ]

The play has also been produced at Theater J in Washington, D.C. [ [ Theater Shlemiel the First] ] .


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