I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn with my cat, Rhoda Morgenstern. I work in Manhattan as the marketing director for a Jewish non-profit organization. My posts on Jewschool represent only my own views and not those of any organization with which I am currently or formerly affiliated.
I spend too much time at the theater and at brunch. You can hear me talk about theater, mostly beyond Broadway, as part of the rotating panel of co-hosts of the Maxamoo podcast. Some of my other projects include Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim LOLCats, and my not-specifically-themed Tumblr at itsdlevy.net.
The news of Leonard Nimoy's passing hit me unexpectedly hard today, so I wanted to take a minute to examine why.
Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish debuted in 2005 and has been a perennial bar mitzvah gift ever since. The book, which features interviews by Abigail Pogrebin with about five dozen celebrities about their Jewish identities, is now an off-Broadway musical. Pogrebin is no stranger to the musical stage; she chronicled her experience as an original cast member of the infamous Stephen Sondheim flop Merrily We Roll Along in her 2011 Kindle Single Showstopper. This morning I chatted with her about the experience of writing Stars of David, both book and musical, and how her evolving Jewish identity has shaped the project.