Rank and File: Sondheim's 'Into the Woods' Musical Opens in Arad

Plus, an evening of music dedicated to the recovery of soldier Netanel Felber and a musical lecture on the U.S. civil rights movement by Larry and Mindy

Tamar Naggan, left, is the Baker's wife, Avia Izakovitch plays Little Red Riding Hood, Michael Herman plays the Baker, Gidi Naggan is Jack and Patrice Perez plays the Witch, in "Into the Woods."
Armand Perez

SIDE BY SIDE: The Levonah Chapter of Hadassah-Israel will host two world class pianists for an evening of music next Thursday evening at Yad L’Banim, Modi’in. The event will be dedicated to the recovery of Netanel Felber, a soldier in critical condition after being shot and wounded last December. The event will benefit Hadassah’s Rehabilitation Center for Soldiers and Victims of Terror. “Side by Side” features Sandra Cohen and Jochanan de Graaf, who will perform a selection of piano duets. Cantor Jeff Shron, guest vocalist, will sing songs from “West Side Story.” Cohen earned her degree in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. De Graaf, a drug research scientist, studied piano and musicology in the Netherlands. “Last year’s concert was standing room only, so we encourage everyone to reserve tickets early,” said Rose Scharlat, chapter co-president. For tickets, call Marilyn Libman at 058-430-1099.

GO ‘INTO THE WOODS’: The veteran English-language musical theater group LOGON (The Light Opera Group of the Negev) is staging “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim’s comically dark masterpiece. “Although the characters are drawn from familiar fairy tales, the show has some very adult themes and is a thought-provoking twist on the stories you thought you knew,” LOGON’s Patti Golan told Haaretz. The musical’s diverse cast consists of 35 actors and dancers, including nine youngsters and three new immigrants. Producer Patrice Perez plays the Witch. Other veteran LOGON performers include Tamar Naggan (who appears with her son Gidi Naggan), Ed Spitz and Michael Herman. Shows begin in Arad next Saturday night and go on to Givatayim, Modi’in, Netanya, Ashkelon, Jerusalem, Ra’anana and Be’er Sheva. For tickets, call 08-641-4081.

TALK AND MINDY: For the past seven years, the American Center in Jerusalem, together with folk rock singers Larry and Mindy, have been offering a musical lecture to high school students about the U.S. civil rights movement. And now, in honor of Black History Month, they are opening this program to the public. But since it happens the same week as International Women’s Day, they are taking it a step further this Monday: The evening at the American Center will start with the musical lecture on civil rights, and then move onto a fun musical performance of songs by some of the most influential women singers of the 20th century. Larry, originally from Florida, gave Haaretz a “spoiler” alert: “Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman to refuse to give up her seat on a bus.” He and Mindy, who hails from New York, are regulars at the Jacob’s Ladder Festival. For more info, call 02-595-2676.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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