Posts Tagged ‘Hanukkah’

Bruce Vilanch In Another Musical “The MeshugaNutcracker!” (2017)

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Summary:

This is a collection of Jewish cultural stories and moral lessons centered on the multi-level meaning of Hanukkah, celebrated through a combination of music from The Nutcracker with revised lyrics, and traditional Hanukkah melodies. Presented by an ensemble cast of capable singers and dancers (two of whom co-wrote the show), this amusing, educational G-rated production is best appreciated by Jewish families with young children.

The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (the fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating, Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, now with original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Judah Maccabee’s triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance during the Holocaust as well as the celebration of the first Chanukah in the new state of Israel emerge with a genuine sense of wonder as the Chelmniks tell eight stories that pay tribute to the holiday. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot, and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday gathering. Some might call it crazy…we call it The MeshugaNutcracker! Read More

The cast of “The MeshugaNutcracker! The Chanukah Musical,” including guest star Bruce Vilance in 2016. A film version of the musical comedy will be screened on Dec. 19, 2017

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

The Times Of Israel
Hanukkah gets a kitschy ‘Nutcracker’ treatment for the holiday’s last night
By MATT LEBOVIC
18 December 2017, 10:25 pm

  The cast of “The MeshugaNutcracker! The Chanukah Musical,” including guest star Bruce Vilance (center), in 2016. A film version of the musical comedy will be screened on Dec. 19, 2017 (Courtesy: Guggenheim Entertainment)

BOSTON — Just in time to pierce the gloom of winter, a Hanukkah musical comedy based on “The Nutcracker” score will be screened Tuesday night at 350 movie theaters across America.

“The MeshugaNutcracker! The Chanukah Musical” is a kid-friendly, two-hour celebration of Judaism’s Festival of Lights. Billed as “the music of Tchaikovsky with klezmer-Broadway fusion styling,” the show features eight tales based on Jewish resilience throughout history, from Judah Maccabee until modern times. Along the way, 20 original songs and a lot of Yiddish slang make for a uniquely schmaltzy experience. Read More