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Token Theatre Friends: Vacation at the Theatre!

This week, the Friends review ‘Head Over Heels’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcast, theatre critics Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts. They discuss three shows at three different price points, then offer their picks for the best one for the money.

This week, the Friends are not interviewing anyone on video because everyone’s on vacation. Want to know who’s not on vacation? The Token Theatre Friends, who instead vacation in the theatre, as they review two musicals this week on their audio podcast.

First is Head Over Heels by Jeff Whitty and James Magruder, featuring songs by the Go-Go’s, running on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre. The jukebox musical takes place in ancient Greece and features a diverse cast of characters as they go on a search for freedom from the patriarchy, and the oppressive beat. Tickets $49-$290.

Next is Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein, running at the Museum of Jewish Heritage through Oct. 25. The classic musical returns to New York in a Yiddish version directed by Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, that brings out previously unexplored issues of identity and tradition.  Tickets $75-$125.

Then in their 11 o’clock number, they discuss what theatre can learn from the film Crazy Rich Asians.

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