Michael Iannucci
Michael Iannucci
Michael Iannucci and Amy Warren will star as Shlemiel and Mrs. Shlemiel, respectively, in Shlemiel the First, co-presented by Theatre for a New Audience, National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene, New York University's Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Peak Performances at Montclair State University. It will be presented at the Skirball December 13 - 31, with an opening on December 15. David Gordon will direct and choreograph this Klezmer musical based on the play by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Conceived and adapted by Robert Brustein, the work features lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and is composed, adapted and orchestrated by Hankus Netsky, with arrangements, additional music and music direction by Zalmen Mlotek.

Shlemiel takes place in Chelm, a village of fools. Half sad-sack clown, half accidental messiah, Shlemiel's charm is in his childlike innocence, and the charm of this musical is in its playfulness and unapologetic, unalloyed delight. The cast will also include Bob Ader, Jeff Brooks, Jesse Means, David Skeist, Darryl Winslow, and Kristine Zbornik.

The production will feature sets by Robert Israel, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, and costumes by Catherine Zuber.

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