Mara Sandroff 4 posts
Mara Sandroff is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist based in Brooklyn, New York and Tucson, Arizona. She recently earned an MFA in fiction from NYU, and her work has appeared in the Emerging Writers Series of Roxane Gay's The Audacity. As a critic, Mara loves writing about books, theatre, and and Jewish women in pop culture and the media. She also writes book reviews and literary criticism for Newcity Lit.

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Bebe Neuwirth Steals the Show in Revival of Cabaret

During the 2023-2024 Broadway season, Bebe Neuwirth was awarded a well-deserved Drama Desk Award for the role of Fräulein Schneider in the recent revival of Cabaret. On Sunday night, she was up for a Tony Award in the same category along with actresses Amber Iman (Lempicka), Nikki M. James (Suffs), Shoshana Bean (Hell’s Kitchen), Lindsay Mendez (Merrily We Roll Along), Leslie Kritzer (Spamalot), and Kecia Lewis-Evans (Hell’s Kitchen).… read more.

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‘You Are So Not Invited…’ is a Loving Portrayal of Judaism

I did not have a big bat mitzvah. Like Bree and Danny Friedman of Netflix’s recent You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (played by Idina Menzel and Adam Sandler respectively), my parents were not fans of big b’nei mitzvah parties. “When I got bar mitzvahed, we had a party in Grandma’s basement” wasn’t something my dad ever said, but I lost track of how many times I heard “It’s not about the party” during the process.read more.

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BW’s 2022 ‘Funny Girl’ Revival & the “Star is Born” Glow of Julie Benko

On May 4th (~ 2 months ago), FF2 posted my review of standby Julie Benko’s opening night performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Although I have seen many Broadway performances, Julie’s performance was a rare chance to actually see a star being born, and watching her debut is a memory I will always treasure. Since then, Julie has earned many more fans.read more.

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Julie Benko Triumphs as Standby Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’

Since the official opening of the long-awaited Broadway revival of Funny Girl on April 24th – the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl ever after over fifty years – the theatre community has spent significant energy debating Beanie Feldstein’s performance as Fanny Brice (the starring role).

Guest Post by Mara Sandroff

Beanie has the mixed blessing of following BARBRA STREISAND – one of the world’s most legendary performers – who shot into the entertainment stratosphere like a rocket when she was nominated for a Tony as Fanny in 1964 (Bab’s first starring role on Broadway), and then won an Oscar in the film adaptation of Funny Girl in 1969 (Bab’s very first Big Screen performance).… read more.

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