Alex Edelman’s very Jewish show ‘Just For Us’ heads to Broadway
New York Jewish Week via JTA – After a successful off-Broadway run, Orthodox Jewish comedian Alex Edelman will bring his one-man show “Just For Us” to Broadway this summer.
The show sold out in 2021 and 2022, starting at the Cherry Lane Theater and then moving to the SoHo Playhouse and the Greenwich House Theatre. It closed on September 2.
The show mostly focuses on Edelman’s infiltration of a white supremacist meeting in Queens. At the same time, however, Edelman, 34, shares stories about his childhood, from celebrating Christmas – despite growing up in a strict Jewish family – to his brother’s unlikely journey representing Team Israel at the Winter Olympics.
Throughout the show, Edelman, who hails from a racialized part of Boston called ‘Boston,’” addresses his own Jewishness and how he interacts with his whiteness, including the times they meet. contradict each other and the times they are capable of. privilege. In doing so, he compels his audience to go along.
Edelman – who made a name for himself by bashing neo-Nazis on Twitter – has been a rising star in the comedy world since being named “Best Newcomer” at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2014. “Just For Us” premiered at premiered at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2018 and, since then, Edelman has been performing, tightening and tweaking elements of the show, as he told the New York Times.
“Just For Us” won a special mention at this year’s Obie Awards, which honor Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. Edelman was also named one of New York Jewish Week’s “36 to Watch” in 2022.
Preview performances for the Broadway run begin on June 22nd and the show opens on June 26th. It is scheduled to run for eight weeks at the Hudson Theater (141 West 44th St.), taking over after “A Doll’s House” with Jessica Chastain and Arian Moayed closed. It is being produced by Jenny Gersten, Rachel Sussman and Mike Birbiglia, who also helped produce the Off-Broadway production. The show will be directed by Adam Brace.
“The best and most surreal experience of my life,” Edelman wrote on Twitter about the announcement. “Couldn’t be more excited and nervous and everything everything everything.”
Tickets are available here.