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Oral History: Six-time Emmy and Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh in Conversation with Linda Winer
May 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, May 6th
The Bruno Walter Auditorium
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
at Lincoln Center
Corner of 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
The LPTW Oral History Project is produced by Ludovica Villar-Hauser in association with Sophia Romma.
This program is made possible by major support from the Edith Meiser Foundation, and in part, with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Human Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama Leagues, the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress, the Obie, and the Theatre World Awards. On Broadway: Yentil, Sarava!!, Lend Me a Tenor, Golda’s Balcony, Irene’s Vow, Cyrano, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Rodgers & Hart, and the show stopping trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin. Off Broadway: Dozens of productions playing everything from three queens of Henry VIII and Tallulah Bankhead to Yussel “The Muscle” Jacobs and nine Jews from birth to death in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!
On TV: POTUS Pauline Mackenzie on CBS’ “Salvation”, Deanna Monroe on “The Walking Dead”, Danielle Melnick on “Law & Order”, and Naomi Bunch, mother of CW’s “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” where Feldshuh can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom!” Films include: Kissing Jessica Stein, (Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, Brewster’s Millions, Just My Luck, Daniel, The Idolmaker, and most recently, Ms. Feldshuh’s award-winning performance as Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony has been made into a film entitled Golda’s Balcony The Film which won Best Picture at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and will be screened at 20 other festivals this year.
Her one-woman show Tovah is Leona! has just closed after two sold-out engagements in New York and is on its way to San Francisco and Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Feldshuh brings back the infamous Leona Helmsley direct from Purgatory to set the record straight and sing a few show tunes. www.tovahfeldshuh.com
Linda Winer was chief theater critic of Newsday from 1978-2017. She has taught critical writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts since 1992 and hosted the “Women in Theatre” series on CUNY-TV from 2002 through 2007. She was chief theater and dance critic of the Chicago Tribune from 1969-1980, a critic for the New York Daily News from 1980-1982 and USA Today from 1982-1987. Her criticism has won two first prizes from the American Society of Features Editors, two New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Awards, the New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award. She teaches frequently at the Eugene O’Neill Center, has judged the Pulitzer Prize for drama nine times, five times as panel chair. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Northeastern Illinois University in 2013 and is the recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 2018 Special Award — bestowed to a remarkable theatre woman for her service to the League and to her field.