Thursday, June 25, 2015
Here's something for Jackie Mason fans. We've posted many of Jackie's routines and shtick over the six years that Jewish Humor Central has been around.
We thought that we knew everything about the comedian, but were surprised to find out that there's a musical based on his life.
It's coming to the Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan in July, with performances on Wednesdays July 8, 15, and 22 at 2 pm.
Billed as "Both sides of a famous love affair with a hilarious twist," it was inspired by real events and portrayed by the real woman at the eye of the comedic storm, The Jackie Mason Musical takes you behind the scenes and introduces you a side of the comedian you’ve never seen before.
It begins at the bustling Rascal House delicatessen in Miami Beach, 1977. Jackie Mason (played by Ian Wehrle), spots Ginger sitting with her mother, Mrs. Olivier, among the pastrami platters and pickles, and sends his lackey over to her table.
The overbearing mother is overjoyed to introduce her beautiful daughter to the much older comedian and the rest is the hilarious tale of the affair between Mason and bellydancing/playwright Ginger – featuring their real-life daughter - Comic Sheba Mason and a Cast of 8.
The back story: In real life, comedian Jackie Mason had a love affair with a belly dancer in Miami in the late 70s, resulting in the birth of a love child, a woman named Sheba Mason, who has grown up to be a comedienne in her own right.
The story on stage: Sheba’s mother, Ginger Reiter, has now composed, written and directed a new musical that stars her real-life daughter, Sheba. Playing both herself and her mom, Sheba is joined by a cast of actors, with Ian Wehrle as Jackie Mason.
The show includes such original songs as “Just An Ordinary Man,” “I Never Met This Yenta” and “Big Blue Eyes.” Hilarious, inspired and a thoroughly original take on a personality you thought you knew through and through, The Jackie Mason Musical is a must for fans of the comedian and anyone who loves a great, if complicated, love story.
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