What do you get when you mix nine crazy people from seven different religions with twenty bottles of wine?? A NYC reading! Next month!
So......What do you get when you mix nine neurotic people from seven different religions with twenty bottles of wine, some matzo, Gefilte fish and a few Passover prayers that no one can actually read? You get "Guess Who's Coming To Seder?"!!
Watch the VIDEO ABOVE for more information AND click on THE LINK BELOW for music and highlights from the staged reading at The Darkhorse Theater, Nashville, TN, August 16, 2011.
"Guess Who's Coming To Seder?" is the story of Sarah Friedman, who decides to hold her first Passover Seder dinner for eight of her friends: none of whom are Jewish. As the Seder progresses and the wine flows, their hilarious, irreverent and sometimes poignant stories and confessions reveal personal truths and conflicts about God, love, money, friendship, faith and the pursuit of freedom...and by the end of the show, everyone at the dinner table has been transformed!
I'm thrilled that The York Theater in New York City has scheduled my second musical, "Guess Who's Coming To Seder?" for an Off Broadway staged reading on March 21st, 2012. The goal for this reading is to find producers and patrons to bring it to a commercial production on or off Broadway.
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- Actor's Stipends
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- Orchestrations for Tulsa
We've already done two staged readings in Nashville, August 2011 and both shows were standing room only and received standing ovations. On the second night, many people came to see it again and brought their friends. We didn't have enough room for everyone so they were sitting on the floor and lining the stage! That night, there were two standing ovations and everyone wanted to know when they'd be able to see it again.
The idea for this show actually began in Nashville when nine of my non-Jewish friends came to a Passover Seder at my home. After going through many...many bottles of wine and hours of hysterical and not so poignant jokes and stories about Moses, Jesus and whatever....they all decided that my next musical should be a story based on that night. And I was like...really??? really??? At the time, I was pretty sure that most of my dead relatives were rolling over in their well-manicured Brooklyn graves.
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"Guess Who's Coming To Seder?" will also be presented as a full production in Tulsa, Oklahoma at The Tulsa Project Theater for a two week run from May 3rd to May 13th, and some of these funds will be used to help pay for the orchestrations for that show too. The contemporary score covers the spectrum of pop, theater, rock and R&B and the show is presented in one act with thirteen songs.
Here are some reviews and comments from the staged readings at The Darkhorse Theater in Nashville on August 15th and 16th, 2011.....
We absolutely love, love, loved the show!!!! It goes without saying it was fabulous and the songs were terrific. I look forward to seeing this play make it to Broadway because it should! - Theresa Z.
What a fun evening it was. When this is a huge hit in New York, I will look forward to recalling getting to attend the first staged reading! - Mary K.
I just saw the most AMAZING reading of a musical written and scored by the incredibly talented Randi Michaels....."Guess Who's Coming To Seder?". It had it ALL. I found myself laughing hysterically, feeling tugs at my heart strings and experiencing an overwhelming sense of spirituality. I cried! Bravo, BRAVO! - Lynn F.
Congratulations!!! Great performance! Bravo!!! Brilliant writing!!! We are fortunate to have you here in Nashville. Great turn out for your reading and I look forward to the premier!!! - Nick W.
DEFINITELY GO see this show if you can!!!! Seriously it is VERY VERY funny, INCREDIBLY good writing, clever/witty & FUNNY song lyrics, great characters who deliver humor, & just a REALLY fun tongue-in-cheek yet enlightening musical theater production & script! CONGRATS Randi Michaels Block for writing such a great script & songs & all involved with it, what a great show! :) I want to see it again... And that standing ovation was well-deserved. It really is a hit! - Marjie P.
What a wonderful play! The story and songs were amazing!! We really enjoyed it last night. Huge congrats! - Irene K.
I had a great time. It had a wonderful message and some real belly laughs! - Barbara C.
I saw this last night...it was fantastic...it will be a hit! Congratulations!!! - Debby H.
Congratulations on a wonderful show last night! Great performances, great writing and great songs!! - Lisa H.
What an amazing performance of "Guess Who's Coming to Seder"!!!! I laughed until I cried and cried for real!!! Tonight was the most fun I've had in a long time:)))) Congratulations!!!! Can't wait for Broadway!!! I'll be there to see the dream truly become reality. - Shelley T.
"Guess Who's Coming to Seder" at 'The Darkhorse' was Awesome!! - Donald P.
We just had the most WONDERFUL evening seeing a brand new musical, "Guess Who's Coming to Seder?". It was funny and sweet and the music was great! - Leslie E.
Randi Michael's "Guess Who's Coming To Seder?" is a must see! Celebrating the awesome creative brilliance of Randi Michaels! So amazing. Let me know how I can help this grow. So excited for this process. - Phoebe D.
LOVED, LOVED. LOVED it!!! - Jennie A.
Let me start by saying, my emotions never get in the way of me "speaking".....to this day, I had no idea what to expect!~~~~Seder?......I thought it was a type of tree!.....An artist uses multiple mediums to express their emotions.....on canvas......in sculptures.....and "songs" but you, are an artist like I have never seen. I came away from "Guess Who's Coming To Seder" with laughter, encouragement, and a heartfelt emotion that few can touch. You touched the core of my heart, your "wittiness" in your lyrics was very impressive, your compassion in the songs.......overwhelming! Thank you for opening my eyes. We wish you all the success you deserve with Seder!! - Bill K.
The musical is totally awesome and I truly believe that we are going to see "Guess Who's Coming to Seder" in lights on Broadway very soon. - Jane L.
Mazel tov! This shiksa says two thumbs up! - Julia K.
Awesome Randi! I'm your proud 1/8th Jewish sista! You wrote a great concept for a musical and Love the showstopper, "Connecticut." Still Smiling! :) - Beth H.
FARKLEMPT ....does that work for me and my proud tears and no words last night. I've got my piggy bank out and I'm saving for Broadway...encouraging my friends to do the same. Via and I left there on a cloud...having laughed and cried so much. We wished we had seen it the first night so we could have seen it twice. I even missed a few of the jokes because I went off in my own little world and had my own spirits speaking to me in my head as your words spoke to me...with one hell of an oy vey wake up call. - Louise D.
"Guess Who's Coming To Seder?" was wonderful!!! I am so glad that I was there! - Leslie R. (BMI)
It was great!!! It will be even greater on Broadway! Start spreadin’ the News..:) - Sandra L.
What a crowd you had last night! Had to stand in the back row (and I was on time). Bravo! - Steve B.
You are a true inspiration to all who want to see a dream manifest. WOW WOW WOW!!! You are so gifted!! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part. Onward and Upward. - Jacqui M.
"Guess Who's Coming To Seder?" is fabulous fun, and at times, moving. It has legs and I know it will find many audiences in the future that will appreciate it as did last night's. Mazel tov! - Diane D.
I am so grateful that I knew about and was able to attend "Guess Who's Coming To Seder" and then to get a front row seat was awesome!! The show was absolutely FABULOUS !! and I want to see it again!! - Terri R.
Next stop NY! Will be waiting with tickets in hand:)) Great job, congratulations! - Jeannie O.
From the cast:
Randi, it's been unanimous from my friends that attended last night...they all loved it! This is a big thing as many of my friends are not easily impressed when it comes to shows. They all said that you shouldn't change a thing...keep the full production/set simple when you put it up...and they want know when it goes into full production because they'd all see it again and would definitely pay to do so! It is an honor to be part of this project. Thank you for allowing me to share in this with you. - L.T.K. (Darrell)
All my people loved it. Had 9 there last night and talked to all. "I am so glad I came to see this. It was absolutely wonderful."- Harvey (And old Jewish man I know and love who always tells it like it is) His wife loved it too!!!! Words can't express how blessed I feel to have been a part of this. Thank you all. - Daniel S. (John Paul O’Connell)
Randi, what a talented lady you are! This is such a beautiful project! This has been such a privilege to be a part of this wonderful show. Great things are happening and I can't wait to see all your dreams come to fruition! You will make your dreams bigger than the night! I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment! - Rusti R. (Kitty Carson)
My friends had nothing but the highest praise. They were all blown away by the entire cast and the script. I am so proud to be a part of this project and can't wait to do it again tonight! - Charlynn C. (Kelly Rock)
There have been so many nice moments during this show but the one from last night was during “The Prayer”. There was lady sitting with her husband, row one, house left. I looked up about mid way through the song and his hand was on her knee, she was crying. A cry that seemed to be more worshipful than sad. It was also lovely to have felt the reverence that the cast took during that song. I think it translated for this lady and no doubt others. Thanks for sharing and the beautiful moments that I'll remember and the tunes like The Prayer that I can keep in my heart for when things aren't as sunny. - David W. (Todd Trudell)
I had so much fun! Thanks Randi! My husband absolutely loved that moment in the show too. David, I was also moved by the couple in the front saw the same gesture during one of my Father, Mother solos...contributing to my choking up once again! Yep - it really works! - Beth Anne M. (Sarah Friedman)
DUDE! This rocks! - Beau D. (Ricky Rock)
The owner of the theater, just called me to say that the Darkhorse phone is ringing off the hook. Yay! So I gave him some details of the show (time, ticket price, and that tonight is the last night) so that he can put something up on the website. He is putting the information on the DH answering machine and directing them to the website for information. We should probably find some extra seating! - Katie V. (Darkhorse Theater Stage Manager)
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