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2018-19 Season

JFT Presents: Annie

Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Directed by Debra Clinton

Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations...and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Opening Night Chanukah Dinner Sponsored by Barbara and Stuart Simon

Tickets are SOLD OUT for the December 16 show. 

JFT Presents: Rothschild and Sons

Book by Sherman Yellen, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Directed by Debra Clinton

Shrewd, charismatic, resourceful and ambitious, Mayer Rothschild and his five sons struggle to overcome the prejudice of late-eighteenth-century European society, as they build a family banking business that takes them from the Jewish ghetto to the courts of the rich and powerful. On the way, they come to dominate European finance, help fund Napoleon's defeat and secure a Declaration of Rights for their people from the Crowned Heads of State. It is truly Europe's most famous rags-to-riches story.

With its engaging and uncompromising book, The Rothschilds is one of the boldest book musicals of its time, a heartfelt testament to family, dignity, honor and unflinching tenacity. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, the play is the final collaboration from the incomparable Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me). The Rothschilds, much like Fiddler on the Roof, is an important, impactful and must-see piece for all audiences.

Sponsored by Chris and Marc Greenberg and Blackwood Development

JFT Presents: Driving Miss Daisy

Written by Alfred Ahry, Directed by Debra Clinton

This warm-hearted, humorous play takes place in 1948 in the Deep South, just prior to the civil rights movement, and is the affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. A thoughtful, unemployed black man named Hoke is hired to perform chauffeur services for Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, who has recently demolished another car. Daisy is not pleased with her son’s decision to hire a chauffeur and immediately regards Hoke with disdain. Hoke, on the other hand, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple.

Sponsored by the Belleman Family and Gilbert Rosenthal