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ALEX CAHR AND SHERRI GOLDSTEIN PERFORM AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!
Sep 10th, 2009 by Jamie

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX CAHR AND SHERRI GOLDSTEIN

 ON BEING CHOSEN TO SING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
IN THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE JCC MACCABI GAMES!

Sunday August 16, 2009 marked the start of the JCC Maccabi games at Madison Square Garden.  Our very own Alex Cahr and Sherri Goldstein were chosen to sing with the JCC Mitzvah Troupe under the musical direction of Jonathan Cahr. They performed various selections at the opening ceremonies along side Broadways performers such as Blake Daniel, Eden Espinosa, Emma Hunton, Donnie Kehr, Norm Lewis, Greg Ruter, and Sara Schmidt.  They sang the Israeli National Anthem with Tovah Feldshuh, an original composition “L’SHALOM B’YISRAEL, a song of peace for Israel written and directed by Jonathan Cahr, and in the finale with the entire ensemble of Broadway Performers accompanied by a Broadway Orchestra.

                                                                 

 

                                                   

                           JCC MACCABI GAMES OPENING CEREMONIES

                                       MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
 
                                    NEW YORK MEDLEY                                                    
                   Broadway Performers, Dancers, JCC Mitzvah Troupe
 
                                          PROCESSION OF ATHLETES
                                                      Athletes
 
                                               KEY NOTE SPEECH
                                                 Chris Berman
 
                                                    ANTHEMS
                                             JCC Mitzvah Troupe
                                 with special guest TOVAH FELDSHUH
 
                                       BROADWAY ROCKERS MEDLEY
                                      Broadway Performers, Dancers
 
                                                MUNICH MEMORIAL
                                                   Anouk Spitzer
 
                                       MUNICH TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE
   JCC Mitzvah Troupe, Broadway Performers, and special guests Kol Hazzanim
 
                                                      OATHS
 
                                               TORCH LIGHTING
 
                                                      FINALE
                        Broadway Performers, Dancers, JCC Mitzvah Troupe
 
                                            ENCORE / DANCE PARTY
                 Athletes, Broadway Performers, Dancers, JCC Mitzvah Troupe
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PRODUCTION STAFF
 
Producing Director            Musical Director                 Production Stage Manager
Debra Katz                        Jonathan Cahr                     Mitchell “Bubbles” Keller
 
Artistic Director                Choreographers                       Coordinating Director
Donnie Kehr                      Ephrat Asherie                              Traci Timmons
                                       Greg Graham
Production Directors                                                           Stage Managers
F & K Associates               Sound Designer                                Angela Allen
                                  Lucas ‘Rico’ Corrubia                        Matthew Melchiorre
Line Producer and               
Entertainment Coordinator         Lighting Designer                    Event Co-Chairs
Cori Gardner                             Herrick Goldman                     Gail Goldman, Steve Goldman,
                                               HG Lighting Design                
                                          Lee Lowell, and Harriet Zeller
Musical Directors
Jeremy Schonfeld                       
Steven’ Hoops’ Snyder
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                                        BROADWAY PERFORMERS
                                   Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening                     
                              Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn, Rent)
                                 Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening),
            Donnie Kehr (Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, AIDA, The Who’s Tommy)
          Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, The Wild Party,
                                     Side Show,The Who’s Tommy)
                   Greg Ruter (Shrek, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
                Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn, Dance Of The Vampires)
                          Back up singers: Michelle Kinney, Josh Young
 
                                         With Special Guest Star
                                               Tovah Feldshuh
                         (Irena’s Vow, Golda’s Balcony, Lend Me A Tenor)
 
                                           Master of Ceremonies
                                                 Chris Berman
 
                                                    DANCERS
 Ephrat Asherie, Gerard Carter, Elizabeth Daniels, Gui Greene, Nadine Isenegger, 
    Tyric Jones, Yahya Masi James, Richard Mcquire, Miri Park, Danny Rodriguez,
                             Pauline Sherrow, Jamal ‘Nemesis’ Warren
 
                                           JCC MITZVAH TROUPE
         Conductor: Jonathan Cahr  Soloists: Isaac Assor, Phoebe Bodurtha
                                  
                                            FEATURED ENSEMBLE
          Caitlin Brockell, Maddie Burton, Alexandra Cahr, Jessica Kaufman,
                     Samantha Maza, Samuel Dylan Rosner & Andrew Wang
 
                                                  ENSEMBLE
   Mary Amigud, Hannah Backer, Harry Backer, Alyssa Benjamin, Marci Brustman,
Sarah Cammarata, Rachel Cuomo, Jeremy Eichler, Sydney Fodiman, Anna Fondiller,
     Sherri Goldstein, Kayla Herstic, Aviva, Hurvitz, Caroline Kutzin, Liz Lieber,
Jorge Lopez, Alex Maier, Hannah Matusow, Dillon Orlando, Danielle Resheff, Kathleen Rooney, Jenny Sokol, Sara Tolchinsky, Nicholas Townley & Shira Zisholtz
 
                                               KOL HAZZANIM
                           THE WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY OF CANTORS
 
                                                     BAND:
                              Keyboard: Jeremy Schonfeld (Drift) 
                       Keyboard: Steven ‘Hoops’ Snyder (Jersey Boys)
                           Guitar: John Putnam, (The Who’s Tommy)
                 Bass: David Kuhn (Spamalot, Taboo, The Who’s Tommy)
                     Drums: Gary Seligson (Billy Elliot, Wicked, AIDA)
                            Percussion: Kevin Dow (Jersey Boys) 
                        Violin: Jonathan Einklage (Shrek, Chicago)
 
                                     ADDITIONAL BAND MEMBERS
                            (JCC Music School faculty and students)
 
                Flute & Piccolo: Melissa Healy (JCC Music School Director)
           Saxophones & Clarinet: Matt Garrison (JCC Music School Faculty)
                   Saxophones: Ashley Blondin (JCC Music School Faculty)
                     Cello: Ben Kalb (Spring Awakening, Next To Normal)
                       Viola: Lakshmi Thorne (JCC Music School Faculty)
                       Cello: Jessica Elkhatib (JCC Music School Faculty)
                       Trumpet: Jason Colby (JCC Music School Faculty)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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