Jews on stage: Broadway bound

Raab as Christine in “Phantom.” PHOTO/JOAN MARCUS

If you happen to hit New York City this spring, keep an eye out for these Jewish stage stars. The current revival of “The Phantom of the Opera” co-stars Marni Raab as Christine, the lead female role. This is the first Broadway starring role for Raab, who comes from a religious Jewish family.

Meanwhile, veteran Broadway actor Marc Kudisch co-stars in a new musical version of the hit 1980 film “9 to 5.” The musical “9 to 5” features songs by Dolly Parton, who co-starred in the film and wrote its memorable hit title song. The musical’s book was written by Patricia Resnick, who also wrote the original screenplay for the film.

The comedy of manners “God of Carnage” is already a big hit in Paris and London. It’s about two sophisticated couples who meet to discuss a playground fight between their children. As the evening wears on, the wide-ranging conversation becomes heated and irrational. A stellar cast includes Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, and Jeff Daniels. It’s written by Yasmina Reza, a French Jew of Iranian and Hungarian ancestry. She is best known for her play “Art.”

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