Old Jews Telling Jokes: Westside Theatre from 1 May 2012

A new comedy revue show, Old Jews Telling Jokes, will open at the Westside Theatre Downstairs on 20 May 2012, following previews from 1 May 2012.


Co-created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes is directed by Marc Bruni and showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. Think you’ve heard them all before? Not this way.

The cast will be announced shortly.

The creative team is David Gallo (Set and Video Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design) and Richard Fitzgerald/Sound Associates (Sound Design). It is produced by Daniel Okrent and Peter Gethers, and Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. The cast will be announced shortly.


Daniel Okrent is a writer and editor, and best known for having served as the first public editor of The New York Times. He also invented Rotisserie League Baseball, and wrote several books, including 'Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,' which served as a major source for the 2011 Ken Burns/Lynn Novick miniseries “Prohibition.” Most of his career has been spent as an editor, at such places as Alfred A. Knopf and TIME, Inc. His book 'Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center' was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in history.

Peter Gethers is President of Random House Films as well as an editor and publisher at Random House, Inc., a screenwriter, television writer and producer, novelist, and non-fiction author of the trilogy about his 'Scottish Fold cat Norton: The Cat Who Went to Paris,' 'A Cat Abroad' and 'The Cat Who'll Live Forever.' He too is a founding member of the Rotisserie Baseball League, the 1980 group that started the fantasy sports craze.

Marc Bruni (Director) Directing credits include 'Pipe Dream' (Encores!), 'Fanny' (Encores!), 'Ordinary Days' (Roundabout), 'In the Mood' (Berkshire Theatre Festival), '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' (Paper Mill/Philadelphia Theatre Company), 'Irving Berlin's White Christmas' (Paper Mill), 'Such Good Friends' (NYMF Directing Award), 'High Spirits' (York Mufti), 'Glimpses of the Moon (Oak Room) and five shows for the St. Louis MUNY: The Music Man (Kevin Kline Award Nomination), Sound of Music' (Kevin Kline Award Nomination), 'Legally Blonde,' 'My One and Only,' 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.' Associate on 15 Broadway shows including this season's 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' and last year’s Tony winning revival of 'Anything Goes.'