The Bootlegger & The Rabbi's Daughter

Book & Lyrics by Tajlei Levis, Music by John Mercurio

The Bootlegger & The Rabbi

at The Studio at Theatre Row

  • Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

It’s 1920 – New York City has gone Dry and there’s money to be made by anyone who can get hold of some hooch. When an enterprising Italian immigrant discovers a synagogue full of sacramental wine, he convinces the Rabbi to take him on as a yeshiva student. It’s the perfect cover for monetizing the Manischevitz – until he falls for the Rabbi’s daughter.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with intermission.

Please Note: Platinum or Diamond Members and Patrons may book tickets online. Tickets will be released to the General Public 48 hours prior to curtain on an as available basis.

Tajlei Levis

Tajlei Levis (Book / Lyrics)

Tajlei Levis wrote book and lyrics for Glimpses of the Moon, a Jazz Age musical based on Edith Wharton’s 1922 novel (with composer John Mercurio), with productions at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, MetroStage in Alexandria and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Glimpses of the Moon is published by Samuel French. With composer John Mercurio, Tajlei wrote book and lyrics for A Time to be Born: A 1940’s New York Musical, based on Dawn Powell’s 1942 novel, presented at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. She is a graduate of Columbia College, NYU Law School and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Tajlei was a lyricist member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

John Mercurio

John Mercurio (Music)

John Mercurio's new musical Through the Looking Glass (written with Andrew Kato), a contemporary retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic, premiered at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre where it will return this October. In 2009, John's musical Academy premiered at NYMF where it received NYMF Awards for Excellence in Music and Ensemble as well as Honorable Mentions for Musical, Lyrics and Direction. It also won the award for Best Musical at the 2010 Daegu International Musical Festival after receiving the DIMF award at NYMF. John received the ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for music and lyrics for Academy. He has developed two musicals at the O'Neill Music Theatre Center, A Tailor's Tale and Myth, where he received The Georgia Holof Lyricist Award. With Tajlei Levis, he wrote Glimpses of the Moon (published by Samuel French, cast recording available on iTunes) which played in the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.

Amy Blackman

Amy Blackman (Harriet)

Amy Blackman is a graduate of the University of Michigan's BFA Musical Theatre Program.  A native of London, England, she was also a member of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.  NY Readings/Performances include: The Brothers Karamazov (Classic Stage Company), Mrs. Hughes (NYTW), Bill: A Rake's Tale (Huron Club, Soho Playhouse)  Regional:Titanic (Madeline Astor) and Singin' In the Rain (Dora Bailey) at the St Louis MUNY.  Amy also just featured in her first short film NAKED, which has already received nominations at the Long Island International Film Expo and the Snake Alley Festival of Film.  Amy is a proud teacher with the Youth Onstage program at the All Stars Project NYC. 

David Bonanno

David Bonanno (Marco)

Broadway: Light in the Piazza. National Tour: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Regional: Chicago companies of Ragtime (Houdini), directed by Frank Galati and Lend Me a Tenor (Max); Another Midsummer Night, Cry the Beloved Country, Good Person of Setzuan (Goodman Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa, Gift of the Magi, (Indiana Repertory); The Mill on the Floss (Milwaukee Repertory); She Loves Me (Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos);  Jeff Award Nomination for Billis in South Pacific (Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin); Company Member of The Weston Playhouse, VT:  over 40 productions including Floyd in Floyd Collins (Moss Hart Award), George in Of Mice and Men, Jake in Stones in His Pockets. Pseudolus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED… Most recently toured with Christopher Lloyd as Howard in Death of a Salesman.

Patrick Edgar

Patrick Edgar (Bill)

Theatrically Patrick Edgar has been seen Off Broadway in Austin Pendleton’s Orson's Shadow at the Barrow Street Theatre, 365 plays in 365 days at the Public Theatre, True Art at the Directors Company (directed by Julie Kramer), Edinburgh Fringe festival in Girl Blog From Iraq: Baghdad Burning (Best Ensemble Nomination from “The Stage”), Martin McDonagh’s The lieutenant of Inishmoreat (Syracuse Stage). Films include: Calling it Quits, Plain Jane and Drop (Winner ‘Best Fiction Prize and Best Picture at The City Visions Festival). TV credits include numerous episodes of Law and Order, SNL, the late Guiding Light and several Pilot presentations including The 718, Gnome, the Four of Us, and Justice Squad, as well as over 30 National Network and worldwide usage commercials. He lives with his wife and two kids in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in NYC.

Russell Koplin

Russell Koplin (Jo)

Russell Koplin has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables (Eponine) and in James Joyce's The Dead. Some Off-Broadway & Regional credits include: Jerry Herman’s Showtunes, the title role in Junie B. Jones (Lucille Lortel Theater), Manuscript (directed by Bob Balaban), and The Ruby Sunrise directed by Oskar Eustis (Humana Festival & Trinity Repertory), as well as Tajlei Levis & John Mercurio’s Glimpses of the Moon (the Algonquin, NYC), and the recent reading of Lord Tom by Stanley Jay Gelber & Kimberly Vaughn. Film & Television: the soon to be released Independent Film Lullaby starring Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins & Jennifer Hudson, Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Russell has also recorded numerous Voice Overs for TV, Radio and Video Games. 

Zachary Prince

Zachary Prince (Dovid)

Zachary Prince was last seen in the Second Stage revival of The Last Five Years (Jamie u/s) directed by Jason Robert Brown. Broadway: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Baby It's You. Noted roles include: The Baker in Moisés Kaufman's acclaimed production of Into The Woods at Kansas City Rep and Frankie Valli in the 1st National Tour of Jersey Boys. Concert appearances include: The Cincinnati Pops, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. BFA, Carnegie Mellon.

Bruce Winant

Bruce Winant (Rabbi)

Bruce Winant most recently starred opposite George Hamilton in the national tour of La Cage Aux Folles (Dindon) and will be “heard” this summer as several odd machines in Disney’s animated feature “Planes”.  Bruce has appeared on Broadway: La Cage, Chicago (Amos), The Phantom of the Opera (Firmin), Ragtime (Tateh), Fiddler on the Roof (Mordcha), Miss Saigon and My Favorite Year (King Kaiser). Favorite regionals include; Spamalot (Arthur) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye) Music Theatre Wichita, Man of LaMancha (Quixote) Theatre By The Sea, Rags (Avram) Walnut St. Theatre, Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) Gateway Playhouse and That Scoundrel Scapin (Argante) Shakespeare Theatre NJ. On TV Bruce has appeared on Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Law and Order: SVU, Mildred Pierce, The West Wing, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan and was a regular on the short lived NBC series First Years among others. Love to Kristin, Arden and Jayce.

Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer (Director)

Julie Kramer recently directed The Best of Everything, her adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller at HERE in New York.  The Best of Everything was a New York Times and Time Out Critics’ Pick, was named one of the Best Shows of 2012 by The Huffington Post, and will be published by Dramatists Play Service. Other directing includes True Art (The Directors Company); Pearl’s Gone Blue (Outstanding Overall Production—Best Musical, Fringe NYC); Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A (Somewhat) Happy Ending (New Georges); Mother Load (Off Broadway and National Tour); None of the Above Off-Broadway and at New Georges; and Taught and Andrew Secunda's One Woman Show (Best of Comedy—Time Out New York) at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She directed three shows for the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and has directed for The O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, the Uno Festival in Victoria, Canada and the Mesto Zensk Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Member SDC.

Katharine S. Fergerson (Stage Manager)

Upcoming: Jericho (The Directors Company). Past credits include: Love Therapy (Pascal USA/DR2), A Summer Day and The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), Ashes to Ashes, Murder in the FirstPoetic License and True Art(The Directors Company), Little Shop of Horrors (Gallery Players), Eva the Chaste (Fallen Angel Theatre), Restoration (NYTW), The Pride (MCC Theater), So Help Me God! (Mint Theater), The Night Watcher (Primary Stages), God’s Ear and The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (Vineyard). In addition to stage managing, Katie works as the Development Database Associate at Manhattan Theatre Club. Proud member of AEA. BA, Ohio Wesleyan University.