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The Jewiest Thing That’s Ever Been Jewed

Broadway! Woody! Elaine May! A Coen brother!

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Woody Allen playing the clarinet.(Elke Selzle/Getty Images)

A new production of three one-acts called Relatively Speaking will open on Broadway this fall. One one-act is by Woody Allen; one is by Elaine May; and one is by Ethan Coen (as in the Coen Brothers). It is being co-produced by Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson (who is Allen’s sister). During performances, ordinary Shabbos rules will apply.

A Triple Bill by Woody Allen, Elaine May, Ethan Coen Heading to Broadway [NYT]

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RACHEL B says:

Um… excuse me, but what exactly is so Jewish about Broadway???

Rachel C says:

Rachel B…are you joking?

Here’s a list of SOME of the musicals written by Jewish composers:

RACHEL B says:

By that logic, medicine would also be a “Jewish science”, given all the Jewish doctors who have contributed to medicine.

The truth is that Broadway as a “Jewish” thing is yet another example of US-Ashkenazi-EastCoast ethnocentricity. Most Jews in the US, and around the world do not know or care about Broadway musicals. It is also foreign to most Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, even in NYC.

So to say that Broadway is something close to the “Jewiest thing that’s ever been Jewed”… is to replay yet again the old cliches that “Jewish = New York Yiddish stereotype”.

You might argue that I continue to hammer this point over and over again in the Comments section. Yes, I do. It’s time to face this stupid, restrictive, and unfair stereotype… and please move beyond this.

M. Brukhes says:

Rachel B:

Me vet dikh hern vi di megile in Czernowitz–beser tsu klapn dayn kop in vant un undz hakn nisht ken tshaynik!

alan says:

Really Ms C?

See Spamalot…

Even Eric Idle knows you can’t have a Broadway musical without Jews!

Wrote a whole song about it and has Arthur and his Knights seeking out Jews.

I recently discovered your article and have already been reading together. I wish to convey my appreciation of your composing skill as well as ability to make visitors read right from the start towards the end. I would like to read more recent articles and also to share my personal thoughts with you.


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