Happy Hanukkah! In celebration of the Festival of Lights, we took a look back in the Goodman’s archives to highlight eight talented playwrights/composers—one for each night of Hanukkah—whose works have graced our stages. Grab a snack of gelt and latkes, then check it out!
1. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Brigadoon (2013-2014 Season)
The Goodman produced this musical from famed composer-lyricist team Lerner and Loewe, perhaps best known as the writers of My Fair Lady, in the summer of 2014.
2. David Mamet, Race (2011-2012 Season)
The Goodman has produced a number of plays by this Pulitzer Prize-winning local Chicago playwright. Race marks the most recent Mamet production at the theater.
3. Leonard Bernstein, Candide (2010-2011 Season)
Perhaps one of the greatest Jewish American musical theater composers, Bernstein is best known for his scores for West Side Story and On the Town. The Goodman produced his operetta Candide (with book by Hugh Wheeler) in fall 2010.
4. George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, Animal Crackers (2009-2010 Season)
The Goodman produced this musical adaptation of the Marx Brothers classic in fall 2009, which was written by four Jewish American playwrights/composers, all of whom were immigrants from Eastern Europe. George S. Kaufman, perhaps the most famous author of the show, was also known for his play-writing collaborations with Moss Hart, a fellow Jewish American writer.
5. Alan Gross, High Holidays (2009-2010 Season)
Alan Gross’s High Holidays, about a 13-year-old boy growing up in the Chicago suburbs and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, was produced in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre, also in fall 2009.
6. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Turn of the Century (2008-2009 Season)
The Goodman produced this world premiere musical from the Jewish writing team Brickman and Elice in the fall of 2008. Brickman and Elice are also the authors of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys and the musical adaptation of The Addams Family.
7. Donald Margulies, Dinner with Friends (2002-2003 Season)
The Goodman produced the Chicago premiere of Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play in the spring of 2003.
8. Stephen Sondheim, Bounce (2002-2003 Season)
Stephen Sondheim is one of the most famous Jewish names in contemporary musical theater, and the Goodman produced the world premiere of his latest musical Bounce (now titled Road Show and with a book by John Weidman) in the summer of 2003. Road Show premiered Off-Broadway in 2008 and returned back to Chicago in its current version in spring 2014 with a production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.