A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Jake Ehrenreich's acclaimed comedy and musical memoir, now playing Off-Broadway at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater (120 West 46th Street) will go on hiatus beginning tonight, August 16th. The show, directed by John Huberth, will resume performances on Thursday, October 11th. The show returned to New York on May 2 of this year, following a highly successful North American Tour and a book of the same name.
"I love my New York audiences for their very vocal support and out-pouring of love." Says Jake "While I hate to be away from them, I must honor performance and book commitments I have around the country, and finish up filming of the documentary about the show. I also intend to spend some time with my family-after all, I can't sacrifice my own family while performing a show about the importance of family. I look forward to returning to our wonderful home at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theatre after the Jewish High Holidays. Enjoy your summer and I'll see you in the fall."
A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN is the story of a first generation American born son of Holocaust survivors in 1960's Brooklyn, and his journey from denial to acceptance to rebirth. Ehrenreich weaves stories, tells jokes, and performs the popular music of both his and his parent's generations. Along the way, he demonstrates--from adolescence in Brooklyn, to the classic Catskills, to fatherhood and beyond--how survivors learn to live and laugh again, and the choices we all have. With the help of a visual multi-media set, including archival video and photos, he weaves philosophy into personal history.
After more than 2,000 performances, including 18 months Off Broadway and a National Tour of over 25 cities, the show has spawned a full-length book version, A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN: The Curious Reflections of a First Generation American. Published by Health Communications Inc. (the company made famous by the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books), Ehrenreich has adapted his stage show into a compilation of essays that Publisher's Weekly calls "Inspirational and entertaining throughout."
Jake Ehrenreich (Performer/Creator) has appeared on Broadway in Dancin, Barnum and They're Playing Our Song and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. Off-Broadway performances include the title role for Joseph Papp in Jonah, at The Public Theater, Songs of Paradise and The Golden Land. Jake has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and was a bandleader at the Rainbow Room in NYC. He has toured and recorded and with such diverse artists as Richie Havens, Greg Allman, Tito Puente, Cab Calloway and the Smothers Brothers. Jacob Issac Enrenreich, named for his grandfathers lost in the Holocaust, was born in Brooklyn, NY as a first generation American. His parents and two sisters arrived in the US in 1949 and this show is dedicated to all of them.
After its sold-out world premiere engagement Off-Broadway in April of 2006. A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN moved to The Lamb's Theatre where it broke house records before the fabled venue's imminent shuttering forced it to leave and transfer to the 37 Arts Theatre in October of 2007. The show returned to New York and Off Broadway at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater on May 2, 2012.
The playing schedule beginning October 11th is Thursday at 7:30, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Tickets are $59-$79, with premium seating at $95. To purchase tickets, visit www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com or call (866) 811-4111.