Thursday, February 25, 2010

Michael Goldfried Directs Benefit Revue THEY CHANGED BROADWAY

Metuchen, New Jersey – 02/23/2010 – Michael Goldfried is directing the Neve Shalom benefit revue “They Changed Broadway” onstage at The Forum Theater Arts Center, June 13, 2010.

“I am flattered to be asked and I’m looking forward to working with all the very talented performers on this fantastic material,” says Michael Goldfried.

Mr. Goldfried adds, “A benefit revue featuring the Jewish Contribution to the American Musical from Berlin to Bernstein and beyond is a wonderful idea. Writing for the theater is one of the great contributions that Jews have made to 20th Century American culture. It’s an astounding array of great material and I know the audience will have a great time.”

The Jewish contribution to the musical goes well beyond hit songs and Jewish themes. “They Changed Broadway” will feature hand-picked songs from Broadway’s iconic musicals woven into a two-hour, one-night program featuring well-known performers.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Michael Goldfried’s talent agree to direct THEY CHANGED BROADWAY,” says Hope Serratelli, Neve Shalom board of director and fundraising manager.

The revue offers something of unique value to an audience that reaches beyond its 500-family membership expanding its fund-raising activities that benefit Youth and Elderly, Meals on Wheels, Save the World Committee, and the Edison-Metuchen-Colonia-Woodbridge and surrounding Middlesex County, NJ community at large.

THEY CHANGED BROADWAY will be on stage in Metuchen, New Jersey June 13th, 2010 at the Forum Theatre.

About Michael Goldfried

Michael Goldfried ( is a sought-after New York City-based director and a current recipient of the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. His work in New York includes Novel and Gardening Leave (Summer Play Festival) Shangri La (Queens Theater in the Park); Charles Ludlam’s Stage Blood (KGB) and Something Wonderful Right Away (HERE). Recent work with the Drama League of New York includes Mama’s Boy (New Directors/New Works); Kahn and Kant (DirectorFest); Living Purgatory (New American Play Initiative with University of New Mexico) and 365 Plays (Joe’s Pub/Public Theater). New play development includes: the Public Theater; the New York Theater Workshop; Youngblood/E.S.T; Dramatists Guild; Freedom Train Productions and Ars Nova. He has adapted and directed numerous comedies including Twelfth Night, Tartuffe, The Imaginary Invalid and The Rover. Directed numerous plays as Associate Artist in the 2010 Take 10 New Plays festival in Aspen, CO. Alum of the Drama League Director's Project, the Lincoln Center Director's Lab; Geva Theater Directing Fellowship; MTC Alper Directing Fellowship. Directing faculty at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Visiting faculty/guest director: Brown University; NYU; Fordham University at Lincoln Center; S.U.N.Y. Brockport. Founding member of the League of Independent Theaters (LITNY). Assisted: Jerry Zaks (MTC/Broadway); Oskar Eustis (Trinity Rep, The Long Wharf); Les Waters (Berkeley Rep); Peter DuBois (The Public Theater). BA: Vassar College. MFA: Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium.

About The Forum

The Forum Theatre Arts Center ( is a nonprofit performing arts organization and has been the Cultural Arts Center of central New Jersey since 1928, when it was built as a theatre and vaudeville tryout house, then soon after as a neighborhood movie house. The Forum Theatre has presented hundreds of American and World Premieres with an emphasis on musical theatre, as well as numerous A-list concerts. The Forum Theatre is located at 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Phone: (732) 548- 5600

About Congregation Neve Shalom

For 75 years, Congregation Neve Shalom ( has been providing religious services and Jewish Education for its Conservative Egalitarian members at 250 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, NJ. Neve Shalom maintains a vibrantly active and welcoming community with educational programs, religious services and lay leadership.

Neve Shalom's annual Suzy Schwartz Concert, and Book and Author Events are well-known to surrounding residents for their ability to draw well-known and famous performers, authors, and lecturers.

For More information about “They Changed Broadway” call (732) 548-2238 EXT. 24 or visit

Congregation Neve Shalom is located at 250 Grove Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Phone: (732) 548- 2238

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