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The Thomashefskys [videorecording]: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

created by Michael Tilson Thomas with Patricial Birch ; directed for the stage by Patricia Birch ; directed for television by Gary Halvorson ; written by Michael Tilson Thomas
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
Michael Tilson Thomas explores the lives of his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, through a musical performance that features five performers and the New World Symphony orchestra, performed at the New World Center in Miami Beach. Founding members of the Yiddish Theater in America, the Thomashefskys owned theaters, published their own magazine, wrote columns in the popular Yiddish newspapers, sponsored and encouraged generations of young artists, brought countless Yiddish artists to America, tirelessly raised funds for progressive social causes, and, through it all, were adventurous trendsetters. This story presents a musical sound that few have heard, assimilating Eastern European klezmer and cantorial modes with American tones and rhythms.
Director
Patricia Birch; Gary Halvorson
Performers
Hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas ; starring Judy Blazer, Shuler Hensley ; featuring Ronit Widmann-Levy, Eugene Brancoveanu ; with the New World Symphony.
Release Date
2012
Run Time
135 min.
Language
English, and Yiddish with optional English subtitles
Notes
  • Originally produced in 2012.
  • Bonus features: 16 page booklet; full-length versions of Rumshinsky's Overture to Khantshe in amerike; Overture and "Babkelekh" from Goldfaden's Koldunye; and the Minke on the telephone monologue from Minke di dinstmoyd; The construction of New World Center; The New World Symphony story; Michael Tilson Thomas on the Thomashefskys.
Variant Title
Music and memories of a life in the Yiddish theater
ISBN
142291853X, 9781422918531
Credits
Musical numbers arranged after the originals by Michael Tilson Thomas with orchestrations by Michael Tilson Thomas, Bruce Coughln and Peter Laurence Gordon; English lyrics by Ted Thomas and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Published
[New York] : Docurama Films : Distributed by New Video Group, [2012]
Publisher no.
NWV268540 New Video Group
Description
1 videodisc (approximately 135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 pages)
DVD, NTSC ; Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround.
Technical Details
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