Sunday, July 13, 2014
Not all songs composed for Broadway and off-Broadway find their way into actual shows. Sometimes writers and lyricists write songs that stand on their own without being integrated into full-scale productions.
For the last eight years, the works of Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know but Should have been performed in concerts at 54 Below in New York City.
Originating at Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the Ridiculously Talented concert series has become a hallmark of BSC's Musical Theatre Lab.
Last year's performance included a song titled I Could be Jewish for You with music and lyrics by Nikko Benson and performed by Alysha Umphress. It's easy to visualize a setting for the song, with a non-Jewish girl trying to win the affection of a Jewish boy by promising to adopt just about every Jewish stereotype in the book.
We think it's a bit corny, but cute.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)