Sunday, March 7, 2010
If you're like us, you probably know Tovah Feldshuh as the Broadway star of Golda's Balcony, or more recently, Irena's Vow. You may have seen her Emmy-nominated performances as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on Law & Order or her many other Broadway and TV roles. But her comedy and singing talents haven't been as widely seen unless you've experienced one of her one-woman concerts.
Several years ago she began custom-tailoring her programs for individual clients and special events. She interviews prospective clients for the details of their community and/or event and weaves those facts into her concert, as well as selecting material of her own that is particularly appropriate for "that special evening". In a show called Tovah: Out of Her Mind, Feldshuh sings songs from Gershwin to Judy Collins and inhabits a gallery of hilarious characters, ages 8 to 80, ranging from socialite Muffy Brooke Asthma Alsop on Park Avenue to Grandma Ada in the Bronx.
She has been hired by a variety of clients from the United Jewish Israel Appeal in the United Kingdom to St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. In 1999, The Boston Globe chose her and her show as the best cabaret/concert of the year.
Here's a sampling from that show.
After embodying Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony, Feldshuh created a show, Mining Golda: The Journey to Golda Meir, telling the story of how she researched everything about Golda Meir before appearing on stage as the Israeli prime minister. The show is an evening of theater recounting her creative journey in writing, staging, and performing that show, including her travels to Israel and into the very soul of Golda Meir, weaving song, story, and humor into an unforgettable experience. Enjoy!