Stage

04/12/2018 - 05/13/2018

The People in the Picture

Book and Lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart
Music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler

Produced and Directed by Scott & Shannon Guggenheim
Musical Directed by Stephen Guggenheim and Tom Tomasello

Recommended for audiences age 10 and up

West Coast Premiere

Performances: April 26-May 13

$45 – $54

Running length: 2 hours and 30 minutes including 1 intermission

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About

Penned by Iris Rainer Dart (acclaimed TV writer, playwright, and author of Beaches) and legendary composers Mike Stoller and Artie Butler, this fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical spans three generations and celebrates the importance of learning from our past and the power of laughter. A West Coast premiere, this moving production deftly moves through timelines in 1930s Warsaw and 1970s New York where darling of the Yiddish Theatre, Raisel Rabinowitz, brings the people in her picture to life taking the audience on an unforgettable journey.

 

Synopsis

Raisel Rabinowitz – also known as Bubbie – recalls her life in the Yiddish theater during the time of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. By telling her stories to her granddaughter Jenny, the audience is ripped from the present and thrown back into a time when being who you truly were could mean mortal peril.  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. The emotional rollercoaster brought about as the characters laugh and cry their way toward facing their skeletons and finding closure puts audiences on edge as they search for the next clue in the story.

 

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About The Creators

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 and is being readied for its London debut as a West End musical. Composers Mike Stoller and Artie Butler bring their decades of experience writing and arranging hit songs and emotional anthems to this production, thus creating a score filled with melodies that will stay with audiences long after the final crescendo. 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.

 

Press

Critics and audiences are raving about The People in the Picture:

Review by Eddie Reynolds for Talkin’ Broadway

Review by Michael Vaughn for Operaville

 

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association

Cast

Susan Gundunas* (Bubbie/Raisel)

Julia Wade* (Red)

Natalie Schroeder (Jenny)

Stephen Guggenheim* (Moishe/Marvin)

F. James Raasch (Chaim)

Jim Ambler* (Krinsky/Kopelman)

Brian Watson (Pinsker/Perskey)

Krista Wigle* (Chayesel/Charlotte/Dobrish)

John Minagro* (Doovie/Dave)

Emma Berman (Young Red/Rachel)

Iris Dart (Book, Lyrics)

Mike Stoller (Music)

Artie Butler (Music)

Kymber Gillen Violin

Asaf Ophir Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Aharon Wheels Bolsta Percussion and Drums

Tom Tomasello Band Leader, Piano

Don Bosco Keyboard

Gus Kambeitz Bass