“Brooklyn is definitely back – and we’re proud to be part of it!” declared Broadway playwright and actor Jake Ehrenreich, as he accepted the Proclamation of “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn Day” in New York City to honor his hit show – which set box office records in the heart of Broadway and has also spawned a best selling book.
“Now, lets bring the Catskills back!” Ehrenreich joked, referring to the “Borscht Belt” – a string of large resorts where the likes of Mel Brooks, Rodney Dangerfield, and Woody Allen got their starts. “It was like Vegas; it was the most vibrant place where everyone went. They even had gambling – I once overheard a guy in the dining room say “I’ll take a chance on a brisket!” Now Ehrenreich re-creates the Catskills, Brooklyn and other poignant moments from his life in his critically acclaimed comedy musical memoir, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, directed by Jon Huberth.
After more than 2,000 performances, Ehrenreich brings his sold-out National Tour of A Jew Grows in Brooklyn to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center from March 11-15, 2015.
“It’s amazing to hear the laughter and see the audience faces, but a totally unexpected gift has been the reaction from the critics – they can be brutal.”
The New York Times called A Jew Grows in Brooklyn “dazzling”, “funny”, “touching”, and “beautiful” and compared Ehrenreich to Billy Crystal and Bill Murray. Despite its name, reviewers have also taken pains to trumpet the wide appeal of the show. The Philadelphia Inquirer called it a “Universally appealing, uplifting treasure”. Locally, the Sun Sentinel proclaimed “Ehrenreich’s enthusiasm would win over a symposium of Episcopal Ministers from Boston” and the Palm Beach Post added “The beauty of A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is that you don’t have to be Jewish of from Brooklyn to enjoy this entertaining show. Engaging, poignant and, at times hilarious.”
Ehrenreich seemed especially grateful for the lofty reception he received in Hollywood. California, that is – not Florida. The Los Angeles Times praised: “Ehrenreich is an engaging and thoughtful raconteur who weaves philosophy into personal history. His insight into the legacy of the classic Borscht Belt entertainers is elegant in its simplicity. They made Jewish comedy synonymous with American comedy, but for Holocaust survivors and their offspring their contribution was even more special and profound: they taught us to laugh again.”
Evening performances at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center begin at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $45-$55 with $75 VIP tickets that include a 50% discount on merchandise and a private meet and greet. For tickets call 877.311.7469 or aventuracenter.org. Groups 954.660.6307
Ehrenreich hopes all our readers will come say hello after the show. “I love meeting people in the lobby and hearing their stories.”