Say Oy Vey!
A Tale of Bridge, Romance and a Nice Prune Danish
Music by John Kander
Lyrics and Story by Michael Lange
Arrangements by Marc Ellis
Produced by Silly Music
The mashugganeh people at Silly Music
have done it again. After their sparkling success with Goy and Dolls, the
Silly folk have put their thinking yarmulkes on and come up with
another ready to be classic.
Say Oy Vey is a parody of the
Broadway musical Cabaret and there the similarities end. While
Cabaret dealt with pre-war Nazi Berlin, Say Oy Vey deals with
family relationships among familiar Jewish characters. Issues such as
middle-age romance, a faltering marriage and playing Bridge at the shul
are explored with humour, sensitivity and a wink.
The action opens and closes at the
weekly Bridge night at Beth Emeth Synagogue. The teams are happily
playing, schmoozing and kvetching. The eyes of Samuel Baum and Mae
Feinberg meet, and the rest as they say is history. We are taken through
the first date, the courtship, the family objections, the mild hysteria of
Samís daughter and Maeís son and the final acceptance.
It is a tribute to the writing and
performances that even though Say Oy Vey has never been performed
as a stage play, just hearing the music and lyrics enables us to picture
the entire production in our minds. Mae, Sam and all the surrounding
players come to life.
Their personalities come through in
their songs. When Sam sings Donít Plotz to Mae, you
immediately understand his desire to calm her anxiety over the possibility
of getting involved. When Mae decides itís time to tell her son David
about Sam, she becomes a young girl in love, while preserving her
nurturing and maternal sensibilities. The cast sing songs about where to
eat, how to fight and the meaning of love, all with a familiar Yiddishe
tam that whisks us as listeners into their family circle.
I sincerely believe this is a CD worth
owning. Itís one of those soundtracks you can listen to over and over
again, and always enjoy it as much as you did the first time. The story
is timeless and the satirical lyrics to already familiar songs are
hilarious and touching. Click here to listen to musical excerpts from the
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