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Off-Broadway’s ‘A Jew Grows in Brooklyn’ to play in Tampa

Jake Ehrenreich Jake Ehrenreich The musical comedy A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, starring Jake Ehrenreich, will be performed at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, at 8 p.m.

The play, an off-Broadway hit for an year and a half, is about the search for identity and meaning, chronicling the life of playwright and author Ehrenreich, an American-born child of Holocaust survivors.

The show, now touring nationally, will be performed with a live band and feature multi-media videos and photos. Through stories, comedy and music, Ehrenreich recreates his journey of discovery and lessons learned.

It includes a classic rock medley of “California Dreamin’,” “Secret Agent Man,” and “Sunshine of Your Love,” a multi-instrumental version of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and a selection of Yiddish songs.

The show takes the audience from the streets of Brooklyn and Ehrenreich’s struggle with his family’s past, to the laughter and rebirth of Catskills summers, and to his mother and sister’s heartbreaking early Alzheimer’s disease.

“Yet, on a deeper level,” Ehrenreich reflected in one interview, “it is about our common human experience.”

This will be Ehrenreich’s second visit to the Tampa Bay area. The show prompted Ehrenreich to write a book by the same title, and last year he visited here to promote it during the annual Tampa Jewish Book Festival. The book expands on the funny and poignant family stories featured in the stage show.

In addition, a television documentary based on Ehrenreich’s family story is scheduled to be released later this year.

Tickets for the performances in Ferguson Hall start at $29.50 and may be purchased by calling (813) 229-STAR (7827); in person at the Straz Center box office or online at

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