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Contact: Dave Lefkowitz: 970-405-3077, shalomdammit_at_aol.com
SHALOM DAMMIT! w/ Rabbi Sol Solomon starts previews July 31 at Roy Arias Theater Center
Gird thy loins, New York! SHALOM DAMMIT! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon, begins performances this Tuesday, July 31 at 7pm, at midtown Manhattan’s Roy Arias Theater Center.
Opening night is Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7pm, and will feature Rockapella founder and Jewmongous creator Sean Altman starting the evening with a short musical set.
Conceived, co-written and directed by Dave Lefkowitz and starring Rabbi Sol Solomon, “SHALOM DAMMIT!” offers the Rabbi’s wit and wisdom on such topics as world religions, intolerance, prayer, the Middle East and other aspects of modern Jewish life. Punctuating the Rabbi’s hilarious sermon will be such songs as “Then You’re Jewish,” “I Know What Goys Like” and “When Jewish is What You Are.”
Musical director Richard Shore joins the Rabbi onstage. Bill Bradford is the stage manager.
PODCAST ALERT: To hear Dave Lefkowitz and Rabbi Sol’s 7/22 appearance on BroadwayStars.com’s “This Week on Broadway” series, click here: http://broadwayradio.com/2012/07/22/this-week-on-broadway-for-july-22-2012-dave-lefkowitz/
PODCAST ALERT: Hear Rabbi Sol’s visit to 104.7 WVTL FM’s “Coffee with Cudmore,” Fri, 7/27, 9:30am(Eastern).
“SHALOM DAMMIT! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon,” plays two glorious weeks, through Aug. 12, at the Roy Arias Theater Center, 300 West 43rd Street (8th Avenue).
The performance schedule for SHALOM DAMMIT! is:
Tues-Sat 7pm, Wed & Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 5:30pm.
Running time: 2 hrs.
Parental caution: adult themes, strong language and pervasive Jewishness.
Open seating is on a “first-come, first-disturbed” basis.
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006.
Tues 7/31, 7pm (special first preview price): $18 (students/seniors: $15)
Tues 7, Wed 2 & 7, Thurs 7, Sat 2, Sun 1 & 5:30pm: $25 (students/seniors: $20)
Fri 7, Sat 7: $30 (students/seniors $25)
Location: Roy Arias Theater Center: 300 West 43rd Street (8th Ave).
Subway: A/C/E/1/2/3/7/N/Q/R to Times Square. Wheelchair accessible.
More about Rabbi Sol: www.ShalomDammit.com
Press coverage and reviews invited from 8/1-8/12 for this fully staged, one-Rabbi comedy.
Says Rabbi Sol about Shalom Dammit!: “Much like Moses returning to Pharaoh with extra plagues, my joyful spirit compels me to share my jokes, sermons and songs with New York. And remember – this show is not just for Jewish people! Everyone is welcome. We just ask that gentiles use the side entrance and don’t touch anything. But seriously, so much of life involves pain, suffering and discomfort, what’s another hour or two?”
Rabbi Sol would also like to give a cross-promotional shout-out to Andrew Goffman and his delightful show, “THE ACCIDENTAL PERVERT,” now playing at the 13th Street Rep (50 West 13 St; theaccidentalpervert.com). “Ecstasy comes in all forms,” says the Rabbi. “Religious, sexual, and little pills goyim take at a rave.”
Rabbi Sol Solomon (Himself) is the spiritual leader of Temple Sons of Bitches in Great Neck, New York. Despite the valiant efforts of programming directors and city governments, Rabbi Sol continues to appear on numerous radio stations and make personal appearances wherever there’s free food. His Rabbinical Reflections air weekly on UNC Radio’s Dave’s Gone By and are then archived on Youtube and ShalomDammit.com. A learned scholar and a thrilling kvetch, Rabbi Sol’s hobbies include burping and pain management. The Rebbe dedicates this evening to his dear wife, Miriam Libby, and their 21½ mostly beautiful children.
Dave Lefkowitz (Co-creator) is the host of Dave’s Gone By on UNC Radio (davesgoneby.com), the co-publisher of Performing Arts Insider theater journal, and the founder of TotalTheater.com. Dave’s plays include Kandide (winner Lee Korf Award and produced by The Original Theater Works, L.A.), The Triple Wedding, and the one-acts The Sky is Calling, Human Error, King Solomon the Wise and the oft-produced Blind Date. His play anthology, “Marriage, Babies & the End of the World,” was published by Holvoe Books. As a performer, he hosted “Stagebuddy.com Live.” Dave also writes for Long Island Pulse and Long Island Woman magazine.
Richard Shore (Musical Director) once considered entering the rabbinate until he met Sol Solomon. After many lengthy discussions with the great tzadik, he now works happily in the theater and academia. Among his many accomplishments, Richard has been music director for Fiddler on the Roof six times.
Sean Altman (guest performance, 8/1) is the ex-Rockapella star whose comedy song concert Jewmongous is “tuneful and sharply witty” (Los Angeles Times), “relentlessly clever” (Chicago Tribune) and “bawdy with a wicked modern streak” (Washington Post). Altman, who “writes hilarious and irreverent acoustic rock songs about his awakening Jewish awareness” (Jerusalem Post), led Rockapella through its heyday years on PBS’s “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?”, for which he co-wrote the famous theme song. Jewmongous is not appropriate for children unless you’re training them to be sailors. Buy the album on iTunes or jewmongous.com and “like” Jewmongous on Facebook.
Acclaim for Shalom Dammit!’s March 2012 New York debut:
“[Rabbi Sol] was great. Very courageous. Golden words. The truth and nothing but the truth.” (theater critic Mario Fratti)
“I loved it. Rabbi Sol was funny and thoughtful and naughty . . . [he] even seemed a little dangerous. What a real live performance is about.” (audience member Betsy)
“Sit back and enjoy because Shalom Dammit!, with its ebullient, angry, opinionated, outspoken, supremely self-confident leader, is hilarious.” (theater critic Elizabeth Ahlfors)
“A monster. The piece has stayed with me liked a corned beef sandwich . . . for more days than I care to admit.” (entertainment publicist Beck Lee)
“This theater-maven can kvetch & kvell & sing & dance, as well!” (theater critic Glenn Loney)
“Profound. I’m coming back a second time.” (audience member Dustin)
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TotalTheater Productions is the parent company of TotalTheater.com, Performing Arts Insider and the radio program, Dave’s Gone By. Shalom Dammit! received a workshop at the University of Northern Colorado’s Norton Theater in Nov. 2011 and a developmental staging at NYC’s Richmond Shepard Theater in March 2012. Industry support is sought to reach the goal of bringing Shalom Dammit! to further commercial life in New York and elsewhere.
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