Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A Broadway Mini Summer Season

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A Broadway Mini Summer Season

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Based partly on the notion that not many people are paying attention this time of year, Broadway shows rarely open in summer.

This season, though, four productions, all of modest size, are taking advantage of the availability of theaters and going for it.

With summer theater attendance dominated by tourists, several of the shows are clearly aiming at that broad market.

Sensuous tango dancing has always had a theatrical appeal, and the revue "Forever Tango," which explores the varieties of the Argentine dance, is back for the third time, having debuted on Broadway in 1997 and previously returned in 2004.

To spice up this production, the featured dancers for the first three weeks will be two of the best-known pros on "Dancing With the Stars," Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who lives in Edgewater, and Karina Smirnoff.

The show begins previews July 9 and opens July 14 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, for a run scheduled through Sept. 15. Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff will appear through July 28.

Another perennially popular Broadway attraction is the Beatles tribute show, going back to "Beatlemania" in 1977 and including, most recently, 2010's "Rain."

The newest will be "Let It Be," which has been running in London's West End since last fall (under the direction of Joey Curatolo, who played the fake Paul in "Rain").

The template is followed, with four musicians portraying the band members and playing their songs, while Beatles-era film footage is projected on screens. The show begins previews July 16 at the St. James Theatre and opens July 24. The run is scheduled through Dec. 29.

Another kind of 1960s music will be featured in "Soul Doctor," a musical biography of Shlomo Carlebach, an Orthodox rabbi who became a popular singer-songwriter, known for infusing traditional Jewish songs with folk and soul. One of his influences was jazz singer Nina Simone.

The show, which was written by Daniel S. Wise, had a short off- Broadway run a year ago. It stars Eric Anderson as Carlebach and Amber Iman as Simone. …

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