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Cantorial

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“I think it's probably the warmest thing I've ever written.” —Levin (1989)

A year after its initial 1988 run at New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre, Cantorial transferred to off-Broadway's Lamb's Theatre. Cantorial is that rare mix of theatrical genres – part comedy, part drama, part supernatural suspense fable, and part musical – as a young man searches for his true identity, after discovering that the small synagogue-turned-condo he and his partner just bought is haunted by the ghost of its former cantorial singer – who will sing only to him.

“I got the idea many years ago. Then one night, about eight years ago, it suddenly dawned on me that if a synagogue is haunted, it should be haunted by a cantor, whose singing could be very exciting in a theater. So that made it a play instead of a book.”
   —Levin (New York Times, 1989)

  • "It's a Compelling Ghost, And It Sings in Hebrew" (New York Times, 1989)
  • The show's powerful (and at times spooky!) cantorial singing was provided by noted cantor Paul Zim
  • Gallery

    (Above) Ira Levin discusses Cantorial with Live at Five's Sue Simmons (1989)
    (Above) Cantorial TV Ad (1989)

    (Above) Woody Romoff and Anthony Fusco in "Cantorial" (Lamb's Theater, 1989)

    (Above) Woody Romoff, Lesly Kahn, and Anthony Fusco in "Cantorial"