Music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler
Book and Lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart
Produced and Directed by Scott & Shannon Guggenheim
Musical Directed by Stephen Guggenheim and Tom Tomasello
$41 – $58
Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can’t pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, The People in the Picture celebrates the importance of learning from our past and the power of laughter.
Other than the creation of the State of Israel, the greatest and most profound reaction to The Holocaust has been the extraordinary outpouring of art that has attempted to come to terms with this horrible event, from The Diary of Anne Frank to Cabaret to Schindler’s List. The People in the Picture asks us to take a hard look at the suffering and the loss that resulted from this tragedy — and it moves us deeply in the process. The people in this picture are “The Warsaw Gang,” a ragtag troupe of actors barely surviving, but finding solace in making life a little less unbearable for their fellow Jews amidst the pogroms and poverty of Poland in the 1930s. As The People in the Picture aptly displays, talent is sometimes all artists have left — and talent will very much be on display in this taut, penetrating show.
The People In The Picture has a book and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart, the acclaimed novelist, TV writer, and playwright. Dart’s most well-known book, Beaches, was turned into a hit movie starring Bette Midler. The music is by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler. Stoller, as half of the team Leiber and Stoller, has written many of rock-and-roll’s most iconic songs (“Stand By Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and Peggy Lee’s brilliant “Is That All There Is?” while Butler arranged hit recordings for an incredible number of legendary singers including Louis Armstrong, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, Neil Sedaka, Andy Williams, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Natalie Cole … as well as composing scores for film and TV.
Recommended for audiences age 8 and up