Zach Braff’s new show; Camp Ramah on ‘Goldbergs’; Judd Apatow’s new Gary Shandling doc
BY NATE BLOOM for Jweekly.com
"Rise,” a musical drama based on the nonfiction book “Drama High” (2013) by Michael Sokolove, 61, premiered on NBC on March 13. Sokolove grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar community that has long been in an economic slump. Josh Radnor, 43, plays a character based on Lou Volpe, a Levittown high school teacher who ran an acclaimed theater program for 45 years. Radnor, the former star of “How I Met Your Mother,” is a practicing Jew and a practicing musician. He is currently playing in a band with Australian Jewish musician Ben Lee, 39, and the two released a CD late last year.
On British TV, A Renaissance For Jewish Characters
By Nathan Abrams for The Forward
For years, British television has been blighted by stock-in-trade Jewish stereotypes. Audiences have had to endure legions of Jewish mothers, Hasidim and Jews who sound like they got off the boat in 1910 whether they’re 10 or 110, and whether it’s 1910 or 2010!
The lost music of the Holocaust
By Julie Carbonara for TheJC.com
Francesco Lotoro's quest to discover the music composed by concentration camp prisoners has led to a unique concert in Israel
Francesco Lotoro cannot quite pinpoint the moment his fascination with the music composed by concentration camps inmates during World War II turned from passion to mission.