This Broadway-style musical follows the parallel lives of a Jewish Family in Poland and a Black family in America during the turbulent years from 1939-1964. Though living in different parts of the world, their lives are amazingly alike. When the Black soldier helps liberate the Jewish youth from the concentration camp, a connection is made that resonates years later during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Four actor/singer/dancers bring to life this uplifting story of hope, healing, and gratitude.
Inspired by a quote from the Pittsburgh Courier, and based on historical events, this new musical theater production presents an historical fiction which will inspire, enlighten and educate. Four professional actor/singer/dancers weave this intriguing story, with original songs and script by Jonathan Luks, incorporating music and dance styles of jazz, klezmer, the jitterbug and the hora. Starting in 1939, we observe the similarities in the home life-styles of two seemingly different families. As African Americans, the Hollis family faces life-threatening prejudice in the rural south, while the Lederman family struggles for survival in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. Their lives intersect as Trevor Hollis’ elite "negro" tank battalion liberates Buchenwald concentration camp. A debt of gratitude is repaid years later when the families meet again during the inflammatory days of the American Civil Rights Movement in 1964. Together these families discover the affirmation of hope and life over unimaginable adversity, commencing a healing process that continues today.
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