Following a wildly successful sold-out run in Los Angeles, the hit musical comedy revue WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE, THE WHOLE WORLD IS JEWISH will be on the road for a three-city California summer tour. The show will open at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre from May 24-26 (Memorial Day Weekend).\
WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE, THE WHOLE WORLD IS JEWISH had an SRO World Premiere last February in Los Angeles and went on to have 35 consecutive sold-out shows and extended its limited run. Based on several ground-breaking comedy albums, this material has never been seen live until this production. Producers Danny Gold and Billy Riback decided to mount the show for one simple reason: “We were both weaned on classic comedy,” said Riback, “and the albums ‘You Don’t Have To Be Jewish,’ and ‘When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish,’ were gut-bustingly funny way back then, and because of the timeless nature of the comedy, part character study, part self-effacing lampooning, but always sweet-natured and good-hearted, they remain just as hilarious today.” Directed by Tony® Award-winner Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), the production brings to life the comedy albums of Bob Booker & George Foster with additional segments written by Jason Alexander, Danny Gold and Billy Riback.
Tickets are now on sale for performances at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Theatre District at 609 Sutter Street. Tickets range from $45.00 – $66.00 and are currently available on the web at www.cityboxoffice.com, or by phone at (415)392-4400. The show will open in San Francisco on Friday, May 24th at 8:00pm, and will be followed by two performances on Saturday, May 25th — at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. The show will close with a 2:00 pm performance on Sunday, May 26th.
For this tour, producers Danny Gold and Billy Riback are excited to announce 12 more shows throughout the summer. “We wanted to share the laughter with the rest of California,” said Gold. “The audience in Los Angeles loved the show so much, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it to larger audiences across the state.” Gold and Riback sought out Bob Booker, the creator of “When You’re In Love,” and enlisted the help of director Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) to revitalize the comedy albums that captivated the world in the 1960s. Gold and Riback are excited to be bringing back Alexander and the acclaimed original cast for each summer performance. The ensemble includes Broadway veterans Barry Gordon, Rena Strober and Jay Brian Winnick, and the supremely talented Michael Pasternak, Ellen Ratner and Robert Shampain.
In 1965, there was an innovative album that was capturing the public’s imagination, and it was called “You Don’t Have To Be Jewish” (Kapp Records), featuring the talented voices of Lou Jacobi, Betty Walker, Jack Gilford, and Frank Gallop. This collection of classic Jewish humor was written and produced by Bob Booker & George Foster, and within weeks of its release it was a Top 10 hit. It also received a Grammy nomination as “Comedy Album of the Year.” The next year a follow-up album was released entitled, “When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish” (Kapp Records), again featuring Lou Jacobi, Betty Walker, Frank Gallop, and introducing a young actress from New York named Valerie Harper. This album featured the Top 10 hit “The Ballad of Irving,” sung by Frank Gallop.
*Bob Booker and his first partner Earle Doud were the brains behind the largest and fastest selling album in the history of the record industry at the time, THE FIRST FAMILY, the 1962 satire on President Kennedy and his family featuring Vaughn Meader. THE FIRST FAMILY went on to win two Grammys: “Comedy Album” of the year, and “Album of the Year.”—–
For more information, visit the show’s official website at http://www.worldisjewishtheplay.com/