MIAMI – July 24, 2014 – Borscht Belt Bistro will begin its South Florida tour with its premiere on October 22, 2014 – November 9, 2014 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton, Florida, prior to moving onto other South Florida locations before it hits New York City!
Written by award-winning playwrights Carrol Mendelson and Ken Mazur, Borscht Belt Bistro is a heart-warming, comical and touching multigenerational musical romp enlivened by original songs and orchestrations composed by Ken Mazur in the style of the great Broadway shows of the 1950s. It is a classic story of immigrants, their struggle, passion and family.
“It’s really about the history of us all,” said Mendelson. “It’s about our ancestors – Jewish, Irish, Italian and Russian — and how they came over as immigrants and tried to fit into the new world. It is a timeless tale that remains as topical today as it was to the people that lived it in the 20s.”
Borscht Belt Bistro is told through flashbacks from grandmother to granddaughter and journeys from Russia to Ellis Island to the Catskills in the roaring 1920s. Grandma’s homemade chicken soup is the impetus that allows us to experience the mountains, the Bistro and, along the way, dealing with the Mob.
In addition to the celebrated duo of Carrol Mendelson and Ken Mazur, the production has assembled a top-notch team including veteran theatre professional Fern Katz, who will produce the musical. Artistic director Barry Zieger who has an illustrious background in theatre production, acting, singing and choreography, will direct. Well-known stage manager and director Kevin Dean-Hackett will join the team as stage manager, along with Rene Barrett as general manager. Regular Carrol Mendelson collaborator Joseph Nawy, will serve as associate producer.
To purchase tickets or further information, visit our website at www.borschtbeltbistro.com or call Ovationtix at 866-811-4111. Tickets go on sale July 28, 2014.
For group sales, visit our website at www.borschtbeltbistro.com or call 818-802-1207; interested investors please contact Fern Katz at # 954-296-1358.
About Carrol Mendelson
Mendelson co-wrote and produced Rachel & Julio with William Katt, starring Lainie Kazan and Joe Bologna; and more recently starring Tony Plana and Liz Larsen. She wrote and produced Precious Piglet and Her Pals which won the LA ADA 2005 regional award for best original children’s musical. She wrote the drama Imperfect Seed which premiered in Florida and Los Angeles, and is currently in development as a screenplay. Mendelson co-produced Mariette Hartley’s one woman show If You Get to Bethlehem, You’ve Gone Too Far, and co-authored the book Mirror Mirror. As president of Carrel Productions she wrote and produced original material. As host of the radio show The Creative Beat she interviewed people in all areas of the arts.
About Ken Mazur
As a playwright, composer and lyricist, he has produced dynamic musical tracks in his L.A. studio which are used behind the live vocals for the stage productions of Borscht Belt Bistro. Mazur is a platinum-selling and multiple Telly Award-winning musician/composer whose career spans four decades and includes work with musical greats such as Robert Palmer, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The O’Jays and Herbie Mann. He has composed music for major companies such as Chevrolet, Purina and Honda and for a wide array of television clients; currently for PBS’s multiple Emmy Award-winning Joseph Rosendo’s Travelescope. Mazur worked with Twyla Tharp on Broadway and wrote the music and lyrics for Precious Piglet and Her Pals which won the LA ADA 2005 regional award for best original children’s musical.
About Barry Zieger
Barry Zieger has been a professional singer, dancer, actor, director and choreographer for the past 60 years. He received his Equity card at the age of eight in a production of The King and I, and continued on to appear both on and off Broadway and in major national tours which include: The Fantastiks, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Oklahoma and Carousel. As a director and choreographer, his credits include touring or stock productions such as West Side Story, Milk and Honey, Butterflies are Free, The Boys From Syracuse, The Fantastiks, Damn Yankees, Carnival, the Boyfriend and Roar of the Greasepaint.
In South Florida, Zieger was the first Artistic Director of The Actors Playhouse, and opened theaters in South Beach (at the Scratch nightclub), the Marco Polo in Aventura, and the Hollywood performing Arts Theater, which have all been AEA productions.
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