Monday, May 05, 2008

Shalom, Y'All

Did you know that starting in 1907 more than 10,000 immigrants, mostly Russian Jews, made their way into the United States via the port of Galveston, Texas?

"The Immigrant -- A New American Musical" tells the true-life story of one immigrant family who ended up in Hamilton, Texas. And it's written by Mark Harelik about his real-life grandmother and grandfather.

The story was first told as a play, written in the late 80s and in 1991 it was the most widely produced play in the country. Now it's been refashioned as a very touching musical and this production at the Colony Theater in Burbank is its West Coast premiere.

The show spans 30 years from Haskell Harelik's arrival, alone, in Hamilton to WWII when Harelik's three sons (including the playwright's father) all fought in the conflict.
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