The Rise of David Levinsky

by  Bobby Paul, Isaiah Sheffer, Abraham Cahan

Full Length Musical  /  9m, 6f

"The music ... carries with it the lilt of sentimental European waltzes and Yiddish folk dances." - The New York Times

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    9m, 6f
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A turn of the century drama about the Jewish immigrant experience, this musical captures the interaction between history and individuals as young David loses his passion for the Talmud in his quest for lucre.
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Reviews

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"The music ... carries with it the lilt of sentimental European waltzes and Yiddish folk dances." - The New York Times

"A musical that zestily explores serious moral issues." - Bergen Record

"Treats its material honestly and intelligently, capturing both its humor and its despondency." - New York Daily News

"A moving, joyous Off Broadway triumph." - UPI

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Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
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  • Church / Religious Groups

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Production

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  • Time Period: 1900-1910, 19th Century
  • Setting: Several locations over the course of David's journey between the years 1883 - 1910.

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Casting

9m, 6f
MAXIMUM MAX / REB SHMEREL / DIAMOND
HUNTINGTON / MANHEIMER
BLITT / BARBER / BIG MUTTEL / MOSCOWITZ
CHAIKIN / NAPHTALI / LITTLE GETZEL
DORA
MRS. NOODLEMAN / MRS. DIENSTOG
LEVINSKI
SHLANKIE / BENDER
DAVID
MODEL / MATILDA / GUSSIE / ROSIE
GITELSON
MODEL / ARGENTINE RUCHEL / BECKY
MODEL / SHOPGIRL / SAIDE
PEDDLER / STRIKE WORKER
SHOPGIRL / STRIKE WORKER
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  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting

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16 Keyboard/Conductor's Score
Violin

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Authors

Bobby Paul

Bobby Paul

Isaiah Sheffer

Isaiah Sheffer

Abraham Cahan

Abraham Cahan

The Rise of David Levinsky premiered at the 92nd Sreet Y in a production by the American Jewish Theatre in New York City in 1983 under the direction of Sue Lawless.

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