Mary Illes, a Broadway actress, will be interviewed by Cleveland Jewish News arts and entertainment columnist Bob Abelman at 7 p.m. May 12 as part of the “Broadway Comes to TEE Brotherhood,” a multi-part series presented by Temple Emanu El’s Brotherhood.

Illes has appeared in “Anastasia,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Music Man” and other productions. She also appeared in the role of Golde in the off-Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish, directed by Cleveland native Joel Grey.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The event is free and open to the public with RSVPs suggested. To RSVP, contact Len Gold, Brotherhood vice president of programming, at for the Zoom login.

“Mary was amazing as Golde in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and has performed in many other shows,” Gold said in a news release. “We can’t wait to hear more about her experience as Golde and her Broadway career.”

Abelman is the author of his new novella, “All the World’s a Stage Fright: Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic.” Published by Gray & Co. in partnership with the CJN, the paperback sells for $14.95 and can be ordered at The book is also available at Northeast Ohio bookstores.

The novella is a fast-paced fictional memoir grounded in Cleveland’s vibrant theater scene that features an intriguingly flawed Jewish protagonist who takes readers behind the proscenium arch.

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