Bar Mitzvah Boy - Jack Rosenthal adapted his award winning 1976 TV play (British Academy Best Play Award and Broadcasting Press Guild Best Play Award), for the musical stage with America's Oscar and Tony award composer Jule Styne and lyrics by Oscar and Tony award winner Don Black.
Bar Mitzvah Boy is about a North London family's anxious build up to their only son's Bar Mitzvah. This classic tale resonates for any important family occasion – whatever the religion!
Bar Mitzvah Boy was composer Jule Styne's only London musical. His musical 'Gypsy' has just had a sold out season at the Savoy where his musical 'Funny Girl' will run from April. Jule Styne was born in London and was a prolific Hollywood and Broadway composer whose other work includes ‘Bells Are Ringing’ and ‘Gentleman Prefer Blondes’. Don Black has written the lyrics for ‘Sunset Boulevard’ which will be revived at the Coliseum in April, ‘Tell Me On a Sunday’ which is currently touring and 'Mrs Henderson Presents' currently at the Noel Coward Theatre. His other work includes ‘Aspects of Love’, and classic hit songs: Thunderball, Tomorrow Never Dies, Diamonds Are Forever, The World Is Not Enough, To Sir With Love, plus Born Free (for which he won an Oscar).
Don Black has written new songs to unheard Jule Styne compositions and a revised script has been written by David Thompson, author of ‘The Scottsboro Boys’, ‘Steel Pier’, libretto for ‘And The World Goes Round’ plus the script adaptation of the hit musical revival of ‘Chicago’.