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  • Talma Gotteiner


Updated: May 21, 2020

Hi there,

I'm happy to share with you some information about a lecture-concert related to representation of the Holocaust in American Musicals that will take place in a live streaming event through Zoom.

Echoes of the Nazi Threat in The Sound of Music, Cabaret, and The Producers

Lecture and Vocals by Eyal Sherf

Directed by Udi Razzin

WHEN: Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 20:00


Much has been said about the representation of the Holocaust in a variety of genres. Musicals, however, have often been overlooked, perhaps due to their general perception as escapist entertainment. Yet, as an American art form, the musical is a fascinating source through which to examine changing American attitudes towards Nazism and the Shoah.

The Sound of Goosesteps

Above: Image by Elad Argaman

Cantor, music theatre performer and researcher Eyal Sherf will present a special virtual edition of his acclaimed lecture-concert The Sound of Goosesteps. This follows a live presentation at Center Stage, the country’s first professional English theater venue, where the show was received enthusiastically earlier this year. The Sound of Goosesteps is directed by Udi Razzin, and produced by Center Stage’s co-founding executive artistic director Daniella Crankshaw.

What artistic differences arose regarding the visual representation of Nazis in The Sound of Music? Why were the Jewish creators of Cabaret accused of antisemitism, and what is behind The Producers' "rise below vulgarity"?

Eyal Sherf. Singer, actor, cantor, and lecturer on musical theater. He received his Master of Arts in Musical Theatre from New York University and is a graduate of the Acting program at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in England. On stage, Eyal performed in numerous productions in New York City. He is currently appearing in Gebirtig at Israel’s Yiddishpiel Theater, and could be seen in the Israeli television series Naor’s Friends, The House of Dogs, and Miller Junction. Eyal served as the cantor for Temple Beth-El in Cedarhurst, New York, and continues his cantorial work at various synagogues.

Best, Talma

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