Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A New York State of Mind

    
To quote some Billy Joel - music of my adolescence. Really a Brooklyn state of mind as I went to see Jake Ehrenreich's hilarious and poignant memoir "A Jew Grows in Brooklyn" at the Panasonic Theatre today.

The set is meant to resemble the front porch of his family home in that borough - complete with musicians...ba dum bump...

There is rock and roll (he almost made it into KISS), lots of humour, a little Yiddish lesson and insight into this talented (and handsome) actor, singer and musician's life (evidence by his playing trumpet, trombone and drums)...coming to grips with wanting to be as "American as apple pie" and fit in with his friends and also honouring his heritage and particularly the history of his parents as immigrants and Holocaust survivors. It's a touching tribute to his origins and the people who shaped them.

Oy geyvalt - we even take a trip to the Catskills....as a goyim I felt honoured to be part of the audience.  Might I also add I find Jewish men very attractive? He has also written a book based on the show....

http://www.jakeehrenreich.com/

Earlier that afternoon was the soulful Yvette Tollar and her band at Yonge Dundas Square - for free! Dave Restivo, Rich Brown, Larnell Lewis, Ernie Tollar...an embarassment of riches and a beautiful day to boot.

As if that weren't enough I got to watch a lovely little movie called "Adam" starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne - an unlikely romance between an electronics engineer who happens to have Asperger's Syndrome and a schoolteacher - set in....yes, New Yawk. A nice gem of a movie - Hugh Dancy does a great job and the movie also features Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving - who starred in one of my fave romantic comedies..."Crossing Delancey"....gee, I love how this all works together....
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