In the Beginning…

Apr 2, 2014

Ten-Commandments1The evening has no Charlton Heston as John the Baptist or Max von Sydow as Jesus Christ as in George Stevens’ 1965 epic film The Greatest Story Ever Told, but rather a group of no name “biblical bystanders” in the greatest story never told.

The Cultural Arts Program of the Jewish Federation and the JFed Players present a final theatrical performance—Maury Yeston‘s In the Beginning—before relocating from its current location in Arcadia.

The first five books of the Bible get a good-natured ribbing in this hysterical musical tribute to all of those ordinary, everyday people who didn’t make it into the Bible. Unremarkable though they may be, these hardy Biblical bystanders somehow survive calamity after calamity in outrageous fashion, inventing some useful and practical devices along the way (including the Life Saver—the candy, that is), escaping enslavement in ancient Egypt and helping a young man named Cain find his redemption. (Official press release)

“Mr. Yeston has fashioned an old fashion Broadway musical with toe tapping songs, romantic ballets, songs of hope, and vaudeville routines. The production is filled with cheeky humor and abiding warmth…” (Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway)

Maury Yeston won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Titanic, as well as the Tony and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Nine the Musical, which first appeared on Broadway in 1982. He collaborated with Robert Wright and George Forrest on Grand Hotel. They were nominated for a Tony Award in 1990 and for two Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music), while winning London’s Olivier Award in 2005.

In the Beginning
Saturday, April 5th, 12th, and 19th at 8 p.m.
Sunday matinees, April 6th and 13th at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday evenings, April 10th and 17th at 7 p.m.
Location:  550 South 2nd Avenue, Arcadia 91006
Tickets:  $7-$36
For more info, visit or call 626.445.0810





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