One night after the high-powered production of If/Then at The National, it was back to acoustic instruments and the homespun inspiration of the original ramblin’ boy Woody Guthrie, as our student subscribers’ final outing of the semester saw us return to Theater J on another historic Friday night performance. Historic because this time we were following the Shabbat performance with a Shabbat Hootenanny sing-along which included songs with Cantor Michael Zoosman (husband to our Director of Community Outreach and New Media, Molly Winston). So in addition to old standby Bob Dylan (“The Times They Are A Changing,” “Blowin’ In The Wind),” “Town-O,” “500 Miles” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” led by Woody Sez cast members Leenya Rideout and David Finch, we had Cantor Mike leading us on “Tumbalalaika” and “Oseh Shalom” and “Bim Bam Shabbat Shalom.” A perfect Jewish summer camp fusion. Check out a clip from the Shabbat Hootenanny sing-along here:
But what did last night’s audience make of the entirety of the experience? The contrast of two such different musicals in Woody and If/Then? The construction of the show? The relevance of the lyrics? How does Woody read to a generation of early 20-somethings? Eager to read.
And I encourage y’all to peruse back to other postings of Woody Sez. Review some other write-ups of our hootenannies and see some footage too. Check out a round up of Woody Sez’s recent summer trip to Israel.