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Jewish Music and Culture on Tour
November 3, 2014   
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Actors and singers from the Jewish Theater in Warsaw will tour Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Mexico City in November with two shows: Mazel Tov and Bonjour Monsieur Chagall.

The shows were part of this year’s Singer’s Warsaw Festival of Jewish Culture, which is held in the Polish capital every August.

Mazel Tov is a musical full of Jewish humor and wit that depicts the everyday life of Jews in the Nalewki district in prewar Warsaw. It is a journey back in time to places that no longer exist, but that are recreated on stage accompanied by song.

Bonjour Monsieur Chagall is a colorful musical introducing audiences to the magical world of Marc Chagall’s paintings and poetry. It is a world on the borderline of consciousness and dreams, a world of angels, animals and people, a world in which lovers can fly.

The tour will include readings of children’s books written by famous Polish-born Jewish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer at Barnes & Noble bookstores in cities where the shows are performed. Singer was born near Warsaw in 1902, emigrated to the United States in 1935 and was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1978.

An exhibition entitled And I Still See Their Faces… will be displayed in venues where the shows are performed. The photographic exhibition was first shown at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw in 1996. It is the result of a project that urged people all over the world to send in photographs of Polish Jews before World War II. Nine thousand photographs were sent in from around the globe, from both large cities and little villages in remote areas. The photographs were hidden in attics, found in rubble and saved from garbage dumps.

Jolanta Wolska
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