Love & Laughter in Song
by Alla Axelrod and Friends
WHEN: Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. (snow date: Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn
TICKETS: $18 members, $20 non-members
Join us as musical director Alla Axelrod, along with local singing talents Marti Bookstein, Dorothy Dobkowski, and Sam Levine, takes you on a wistful and whimsical musical journey. The composers that will be featured include: Dave Frishberg, Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Melissa Manchester, Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, and our own local Jewish composers, Sam Levine and Eugene Magalif.
The concert will be presented in two parts: Part 1 (Love) will deal with all aspects of love – love found, lost, and sometimes, regained, and Part 2 (Humor) will present songs with humor. This program promises to make you laugh and warm your heart on a winter's day.
Alla Axelrod is a pianist, organist and musical comedienne. She’s been performing on Tri-State stages for over 25 years, playing solo, directing musicals and doing her perennial Open Mic at “Nagles” Ocean Grove for 18 years. Previously, Alla was seen on The JHMOMC stage in several shows including “Music and Magic,” “Movie Magic,” and “Last of the Red Hot Yiddish Mamas.” Alla lives in Matawan with her daughter and two cats.
Marti Bookstein happily returns to The JHMOMC with the talented Alla Axelrod! Marti has appeared in plays, cabarets, musicals, and operas over the years as ingénues, comediennes, tragic divas, leading ladies and chorines. Two of her favorite roles include ones in Nettie in Carousel, and Amalia in She Loves Me. Most recently, she reprised the characters of Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, and Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver.
Dorothy Dobkowski is also thrilled to be back at The JHMOMC where she has performed with Oasis Players. Dorothy is a songleader/cantor in Northern New Jersey and performs locally with Spotlight Players. Her favorite roles include: Desiree Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Elizabeth, the choir director, in the original musical, The Choir Room by Clifford Greene and Justin Ryan.
Sam Levine most recently, has performed as guest artist for Rock Hashanah at Temple Rodeph Torah and continues to sing his original family songs with PJ Library events throughout Monmouth County which included an opening performance for acclaimed Jewish Rock singer Rick Recht. Currently, he teaches music at Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro and Congregation Torat El in Ocean. His favorite roles include Mr. Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors), Isidor Straus (Titanic), Benny Southstreet (Guys and Dolls), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), and William Barfee (25TH Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). Sam can't wait to sing with Alla in Ocean Grove again this summer!
For more information or to make a reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is handicapped accessible.