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Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual with Paul Ford on Piano SOLD OUT

Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Wednesday, April 30 (7:30pm)

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend.  Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual presents the acclaimed actor/singer/ storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer.  “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of popular song.  From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.

Mandy Patinkin will perform as part of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series. The show will begin with a 50-minute musical performance, followed by a one-on-one conversation between Mandy and Robert Brustein, founder of The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge and renowned theatre critic, producer, playwright and educator. After the discussion, Mandy and Robert will field questions from the audience.

Mandy’s Broadway credits include Evita (for which he won a Tony Award for his role as Che), Sunday in the Park with George, Mandy Patinkin in Concert and The Wild Party (Tony Nomination). On television, Patinkin has been seen on Chicago Hope, Criminal Minds and Homeland. His film credits include Yentl, Ragtime, Everybody’s Hero and The Princess Bride.

Photo credit: newspixs

See Mandy's recent interview by a cab driver in the back of a car >>

Boston vs. New York – Who’s Funnier?

Featuring Improv Asylum and Upright Citizens Brigade

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Saturday, May 3, 2014 (8pm)

The rivalry between Boston and New York sinks to new levels.  New York’s famed Upright Citizens Brigade goes toe-to-toe with Boston’s Improv Asylum in a first-ever improv mash-up.  Who is funnier - Boston or New York?  You be the judge.
It’s sketch comedy at its best.  The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company has spawned the careers of comedy greats Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, MTV's Human Giant, the Daily Show’s Rob Riggle.  Improv Asylum, in Boston’s North End has performed 10,000 shows for more than two million people.  Cabaret seating.  Refreshments available. Cash bar (wine and beer).
All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

For more information, contact boxoffice@jccgb.org or 617-965-5226

Watch video of past Upright Citizens Brigade touring company show >>
Another popular YouTube video of Upright Citizens Brigade >>

Related Program
Try Your Hand at Improv Comedy.  Classes taught by Improv Asylum will be held at the JCC in the spring.
Call 617-558-6480.

Shuli Natan in Concert

Presented by The Israeli House and the JCCs of Greater Boston

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Wednesday, May 7 (8:30pm)

Since she first electrified Israel with her heartfelt rendition of the then unknown song Jerusalem of Gold, Shuli Natan has sung of the hope and the pain of the nation. Ever since that historic performance in 1967, she has performed for countless audiences in Israel and worldwide. Her unique voice holds listeners in its spell, and every performance turns into a spontaneous sing-along. A storyteller and guitarist, she accompanies her songs with stories in Hebrew, English, French and Spanish. She sings Israeli, folk, Hassidic and Yiddish songs and songs of the Oriental Jewish community.

Free Film Screening - The J Street Challenge

A film about what it means to be pro-Israel

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, May 15 (7:30pm)

The J Street Challenge examines the rise of the well-funded activist organization with a powerful marketing effort and an idealistic message that appeals to many who are frustrated by the Middle East conflict. The film presents commentary and analysis from a wide political spectrum, including Harvard professors Alan Dershowitz and Ruth Wisse, Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post, and Pulitzer Prize winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens.

Post-movie discussion with the film’s producer Avi Goldwasser and political activist Charles Jacobs, head of Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

No cost to attend. Please RSVP by contacting kcooper@jccgb.org or 617-558-6502.


Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Two famed improv groups go toe-to-toe in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy. Featuring Boston's Improv Asylum and New York's Upright Citizens Brigade. Who's funnier - Boston or New York? You be the judge.

Leventhal-Sidman JCC