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Back on Broadway: The Jewish Roots of 'She Loves Me' - Tablet Magazine

, which isn’t really a Jewish-themed musical, although all musicals are essentially Jewish, so to speak. at some point, you’re going to hit one who’s Semitic. Odds are, the work has passed through Tribal hands. The roots of the narrative/dramatic structure of She Loves Me begin in 1937, with the play originally entitled Parfumerie. This work, by the Jewish Hungarian-born playwright Miklós László, has had several different incarnations, with virtually all of them having Jewish creatives attached (see: László). Next came the Hollywood adaptation, The Shop Around the Corner, in 1940, and both the director, Ernst Lubitsch, and adapter of the screenplay, Samson Raphaelson, were Jewish, too. Only was the first musical version, In the Good Old Summertime , which featured Jewish actor S. Z. Sakall (Google him. But if your old movie knowledge is slight, fast forward to 1998’s You’ve Got Mail , when Nora Ephron took László’s story and updated it for the information age (who can forget Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan logging into AOL. As always, the characters are kept gentile, but the clashing of children’s literature intelligentsia and bookstore business moguls can’t help but seem Jewishly coded, especially in the hands of Ephron. So, back to ho wrote this particular incarnation of this mail-crossed romance. Well, the playwright is Joe Masteroff (yes, Jewish), best known for his work on Cabaret. Respectively, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the songwriting team behind Fiddler on the Roof (also currently enjoying a Broadway revival), also wrote the songs for She Loves Me , which hit Broadway in 1963, one year before Fiddler premiered. No, none of the characters in She Loves Me are explicitly Jewish (nor the leading actors of this stellar cast ). But the setting of cosmopolitan pre-War Europe couldn’t be empty of integrated or assimilated Jews. Click here for access to comments. COMMENTING CHARGES. Daily rate: $2. Monthly rate: $18. Yearly rate: $180. WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT. Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Source:

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  • Back on Broadway: The Jewish Roots of 'She Loves Me'

    03/15/16 ,via Tablet Magazine

    Only nine years later was the first musical version, In the Good Old Summertime, which featured Jewish actor S. Z. Sakall (Google him; you'll know him). But if your old movie knowledge is slight, fast forward to 1998's You've Got Mail, when Nora Ephron

  • This 93-year-old actress won't get to vote for the Oscars anymore

    02/26/16 ,via New York Post

    In both “Two Guys From Milwaukee'' and “The Time, the Place and the Girl,'' she plays characters who try to seduce the ones played by much-older S.Z. Sakall, a Hungarian character actor whose billing often included his nickname, “Cuddles.'' “He was


  • The story of Cuddles, my life under the Emperor Francis Joseph, Adolf Hitler, and the Warner Brothers

    2016. 231 pages.


S. Z. Sakall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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