Aria Entertainment is presenting a rare revival of the musical Bar Mitzvah Boy which will run for six weeks at London’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre from Thursday 3 March to Sunday 10 April (press night is 10 March).
Jack Rosenthal adapted his award-winning 1976 TV play (British Academy Best Play Award and Broadcasting Press Guild Best Play Award) for the musical stage with Oscar and Tony Award winners – composer Jule Styne and lyricist Don Black.
Directed by Stewart Nicholls, this is the first UK staging of Bar Mitzvah Boy since the original 1978 London production. Don Black has written new songs to unheard Styne compositions and a revised script has been written by David Thompson, book writer of The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, libretto for And The World Goes ’Round plus the script adaptation of the hit musical revival of Chicago.
Bar Mitzvah Boy is about a north London family’s anxious build up to their only son’s Bar Mitzvah.
Bar Mitzvah Boy was composer Jule Styne’s only London musical. A prolific Hollywood and Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing and Gentleman Prefer Blondes). He collaborated with Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Tell Me On a Sunday, Aspects of Love and classic hit songs ‘Thunderball’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, ‘The World is Not Enough’, ‘To Sir With Love’, ‘Ben’ and ‘Born Free’ (for which he won an Oscar).
* There are also performance on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2016 at the Radlett Centre in Hertfordshire.