Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach on PBS

PBS has a video on Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and his thoughts on the holocaust. It discusses how he wanted to bring joy to the world and rid everyone of any hate in their hearts. There were rumors of a Broadway Musical on R' Carlebach's life and they were looking at Jason Alexander to play him. The word was that Mr. Alexander had no interest and the show never really ended up on Broadway. There is a musical with a limited time engagement at the Museum of Jewish Heritage however entitled Shlomo "The New Musical". The show takes place in the 375 seat Edmond J. Safra Hall, not quite a Broadway Musical but it will feature 40 songs from Shlomo with musical arrangements by Steve Margoshes (The Who’s Tommy, Aida, Smokey Joe’s CafĂ©) and a lot of other big Broadway names are involved in this project. The one name in Shlomo the New Musical that stands out to me is Noah Solomon who is certainly a serious Carlebach music follower and a great vocalist of Soul farm fame. Not surprisingly Neshama Carlebach, R' Shlomo's daughter (and the only one with sole rights to all Shlomo's material) is co-producer of this new musical. I haven't heard from the yeshiva world regarding this production but I would imagine they are not pleased to see one of their music legends life performed this way on stage.

5 comments:

Larry said...

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Avremi G said...

The show is fantastic. My wife and I thouroughly enjoyed it. However, it's not for those whose religious sensibilities are easily offended. It's closing tommorrow, so catch it while you can

YK said...

amazing video, I never saw such a professional short documentary of Reb shlomo

YK

Anonymous said...

the so called yeshiva world does not own or even have a buy on reb shlomo's songs. in fact, who really cares what a bunch of sweaty guys in brooklyn think? especialyl since 99% of reb sholomos performances and career was everywhere but inside yeshivas but rather college campuses, russian dungeons and everywhere in the trenches to bring unaffiliated jews closer to g-d that the so called yeshiva world would never dare to go.

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Anon,

I think it's fair to say you have a lot of hate in your heart. Get over yourself, not all of the yeshiva world lives in Brooklyn so you can cut out the stereotypes. I can personally attest to many yeshiva guys that have purchased his music. There could also be an issue with halacha here such as kol isha since there are women singing etc..There are other opinions here and just because they don't agree with your view doesn't make them wrong or evil.