Religious gays, women's rights and a crime family: watch an excerpt from the musical "Habadnikim"
The musical "Habadnikim" by the Chamber, written by Udi Gottschalk and directed with Gilad Kimchi, is apparently a light musical, but it deals with serious issues such as gays in the ultra-Orthodox sector, violation of women's rights and disgraceful treatment of foreign workers.
Kimchi: "It's a loving satire."
View the photos and a clip from the musical that will be released this month
Sagi Ben Nun
Monday, August 01, 2022, 14:19 Updated: 14:28
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An excerpt from the presentation of the musical "Habadnikim" by the Chamber Theater (Walla! Culture system)
The Chamber's new musical "Habadnikim", written by Udi Gottschalk and also directed with Gilad Kimchi, the theater's artistic director, is apparently a light musical, but behind the humor, songs and dances, there are quite a few heavy issues hidden such as gays in the ultra-orthodox sector, violation of women's rights and disgraceful treatment of employees the foreigners
One of the show's directors defines it this way: "loving satire".
The musical, which will premiere on August 12, is about Yehuda and Chaim, a pair of 23-year-old twin brothers from Kfar Chabad, the first a genius in the Torah and the second not a genius and certainly not in the Torah. The head of a crime family who imposes his terror on the residents of the neighborhood. From here, as they say, the plot gets complicated.
Ofri Bitterman from the musical "Habadnikim" by the Chamber Theater (Photo: Yeshayeh Feinberg)
Tali Oren from the musical "Habadnikim" by the Chamber Theater (Photo: Yeshayeh Feinberg)
"We have been working on this musical for almost three months with a wonderful cast of amazing actors and creators, and the revolution orchestra that will be with us on stage," Kimchi said in a presentation to journalists that was held for the musical today (Monday) in Kamari.
"We felt that there was something original, different, very funny in the play. This material disguises itself as a light and fun comedy, but underneath is satire, which deals in a poignant way with the wounds of our society. When we try to define what we do here, we enjoy saying 'loving satire.' Not simple topics, but with sensitivity and human love."
Udi Gottschalk, writer and co-director of the musical, said among other things: "This musical comes from a good place of love. This whole thing is an adaptation of the story of the exodus from Egypt. It's a kind of unfounded urban legend about this thing."
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Oral Tzbari from the musical "Habadnikim" by the Chamber Theater (Photo: Yeshayeh Feinberg)
Raphael Abbas from the musical "Habadnikim" by the Chamber Theater (Photo: Yeshayeh Feinberg)
In the musical, Tali Oren plays alternately with Shani Shauli, Ofri Bitterman, Rafael Abbas, Yaniv Suissa alternately with Shlomi Koriat, Oral Tzbari, Daniel Stiopin, Elad Etrakchi and Maya Livni.
He is accompanied by the Revolution Orchestra conducted by Roy Oppenheim.
The music was composed by Elad Peretz, the musical direction is by Hatumim Amir Lekner and Elad Peretz, and the choreography is by Avihai Hacham.
Watch a clip from the presentation for the musical and pictures from it (above)
The Chamber Theatre
The Chabadniks - a musical