Bar Mitzvah Boy

Presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment


Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Jack Rosenthal
Book Revised by David Thompson
Directed by Stewart Nicholls

3rd March – 10th April 2016

Tuesdays – Saturdays 7.30pm
Sundays at 4pm
Extra matinees Saturday 2nd & 9th April at 3pm

“…an amiable charmer, with Styne’s melodies sweetly inflected with traditional Jewish rhythms…”
(Mark Shenton, The Stage ★★★★)
“Nicholls’s intimate chamber production is slickly executed and winningly performed”
(Sam Marlowe, The Times)

“Bar Mitzvah Boy The Musical was thoroughly enjoyable from the moment I entered the auditorium until the moment I left.”
(London Theatre 1 ★★★★)

“..both delightfully dated and yet timeless.”
(Jonathan Baz ★★★★)

Jack Rosenthal adapted his award winning 1976 TV play (British Academy Best Play Award and Broadcasting Press Guild Best Play Award), for the musical stage with America’s Oscar and Tony award composer Jule Styne and lyrics by Britain’s Oscar and Tony award winner Don Black

Rosenthal’s hysterical story of a North London family’s anxious build up to their only son’s Bar Mitzvah will resonate with many Jewish families, but this classic tale speaks loudly for any important family occasion – whatever the religion!

Bar Mitzvah Boy was composer Jule Styne’s only London musical. A prolific Hollywood and Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), he collaborated with Britain’s own Don Black: (Sunset Boulevard, Tell Me On a Sunday, Aspects of Love – not to mention such classic hit songs: Thunderball, Tomorrow Never Dies, Diamonds Are Forever, The World Is Not Enough, To Sir With Love, Ben and Born Free – for which he won an Oscar).

This brand new production will be the first staging of Bar Mitzvah Boy since the original 1978 London production. For this presentation, Don Black has written new songs to unheard Styne compositions and a revised script has been written by David Thompson, author of The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, And The World Goes ‘Round and the script adaptation of the hit musical revival of Chicago.

Thursday 24th March
Q&A with leading theatre critic Mark Shenton
Stay after the performance of Bar Mitzvah Boy for a Q&A with Associate Editor of The Stage Mark Shenton.

22nd March – 27th March
Tuesday/Wednesday: £18/£16 concessions
Thursday – Sunday: £22/£20 concessions

29th March – 3rd April
Tuesday/Wednesday: £18/£16 concessions
Thursday/Friday: £22/£20 concessions
Saturday 2nd matinee 3pm: £20/£18 concessions
Saturday 7.30pm/Sunday 4pm: £22/£20 concessions

5th – 10th April
Tuesday – Friday: £22/£20 concessions
Saturday 9th matinee 3pm: £20/£18
Saturday 7.30pm/Sunday 4pm: £22/£20 concessions

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 15 minutes approx, inc. one 15-minute interval

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