They call it the Actor’s Temple. They also call it the “cool shul.” Both names work for artsmeme! Douglas J. Cohen and Carol Ostrow present an special event celebrating the Broadway career of the Broadway director and choreographer Jerome Robbins; well as honoring Tony winner actor Jason Alexander on his Broadway debut as director of The Cottage. It happens as part of the synogogue’s “Meaningful Monday” program series at the temple, 339 West 47th Street in New York.
Debbie Gravitte will recreate her Tony Award-winning role in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway by performing “Mr. Monotony” plus “The Music that Makes me Dance.” Additional songs from Robbins musicals will be performed by singers Andy Lebon (Jud Fry in Oklahoma! National Tour) and Rita Neidich (The Fantasticks Off-Broadway).
But what we like the most in this event is its inclusion of writers. Noted, author, columnist and theater critic Peter Filichia will host the event and interview Amanda Vaill author of Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins and the more recent Jerome Robbins, By Himself.
Ms. Vaill is also F.O.A.M. (friend of artsmeme).
Jerome Robbins Celebration | Actor’s Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel | Mon June 12