Imagine This on WXXI-TV
This acclaimed London Musical tells the story of a Jewish Theatre Troupe during the German Occupation.
Professor David Roskies of the Jewish Theological Seminary has written that a little known poem, Masada, by Isaac Lamdan, “more than any other text inspired the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.” Now, “What’s on Stage Awards” Best Musical Nominee, Imagine This, will tell the incredible story behind Roskies’ quote when it broadcasts on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) on Sunday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
Under the auspices of British director Timothy Sheader, Imagine This opened in the West End and the New London Theatre on November 19, 2008. The musical tells the tale of a group of actors in the Warsaw Ghetto who struggle to keep the dream of freedom and the will to resist alive among the prisoners of the ghetto by performing the epic tale of Masada, the ancient Judean mountain where 2,000 years ago a small band of courageous rebels held 10,000 Roman soldiers at bay. Even as their play merges with the reality they are trying to escape, laughter finds a way to rise above the tears and love manages to transcend the boundaries of the ghetto walls.
In the tradition of Fiddler on the Roof, the musical deals with its sobering subject matter through song and dance. “Imagine This offers a theater director the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Timothy Sheader, director, Imagine This. “Not only does it allow for a truly significant and important story to be brought to the public’s attention, it also offers a unique way to tell a story that otherwise might seem a bit bleak.”
Imagine This is produced by Beth Trachtenberg, Anita Mann, Leigh Mason, Jean Mason, FineFish Entertainment, Anita and Hank Schneider, Marlynn Scully and ICW Productions in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth. Imagine This was written by Glenn Berenbeim (book), Shuki Levy (music) and David Goldsmith (lyrics).
For more information on Imagine This, please visit the official site at http://www.imaginethisthemusical.com/.