Which of these songs do you love more: Maria, If I Were a Rich Man, A Whole New World? What is your favorite show: The Sound of Music? West Side Story? Cats?
Whatever you answered, they are all part of our tribute to the magic of Broadway. A showstopper is a song so good that the audience stops the show with applause.
Here's the jerusalem Post's take on the show:
ON FRIDAY afternoon at the Gerard Behar Center, Israel Musicals took to the stage to present its two-hour musical theater concert entitled "Broadway Showstoppers." Starting off with a rousing rendition of "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway musical Gypsy, the cast of six singers proceeded to perform some 35 popular favorites from some of The Great White Way's best-known shows. Breaking the material up into themes, with appropriate stage banter in between, the group divided the songs into such categories as music, money, love, hope, prayer, magic, dreams and friendship. Sometimes in unison and sometimes as soloists, Yisrael Lutnick, Shimrit Rabi, Zvika Goldfeld, Jessica Ouzen, Rahel Jaskow and Lev Kerzhner sang their way into the audience's hearts with their well-trained voices and avid enthusiasm. The familiarity of a good, well-known song strikes such a resonant chord that one is veritably swept away on a musical carpet by the tune and the lyrics. Making such a clean sweep were - in addition to (of course) "The Sound of Music" and old favorites from Fiddler - such songs as "I Wanna Be a Producer" from The Producers; "Thank You for the Music" from Mamma Mia!; "Tonight" from West Side Story; "Cock-eyed Optimist" from South Pacific; "Tomorrow" from Annie; "Luck, Be a Lady Tonight" from Guys and Dolls; "Memory" from Cats; "Summer Nights" from Grease; "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line and "Consider Yourself at Home" from Oliver. The group was accompanied by pianist Marina Levinsky and an ensemble of guitar, bass, drums and violin. In a tribute to George Gershwin, Levinsky played a virtuoso medley of his classic songs, ranging from "Embraceable You" to "The Man I Love" and "You Can't Take That Away from Me." "I am passionate about musical theater," Lutnick told In Jerusalem after the show. "I studied it for several years in New York, and I'm glad it's happening here to add to the cultural life in Israel in English," said the Long Island native. Laughing, he added," My theme song could be 'I Wanna Be a Producer.'" Dedicated to creating musical theater in Israel, Lutnick has thus far produced 1776; The Sound of Music; Man of La Mancha; "Let the Memories Live Again" and "If I Could Rewrite the World." Taking a break for the summer, Israel Musicals will be back in full force after the chagim. Stay tuned.