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  • Patti LuPone isn’t a Jew, but she often plays one on stage and screen

    (JTA) — Patti LuPone recently discovered that she has something in common with Helena Rubinstein, the makeup mogul and Polish Jewish immigrant she is currently portraying in the Broadway musical “War Paint.” Using the genealogy website 23andMe, she found out that she is 87 percent southern Italian and 12 percent Eastern European and North African. That means she…

  • Tonys 2017: The 7 Jewish shows to watch

    (JTA) — This Sunday is the biggest night of the year for theater lovers: It’s the Tony Awards. Unfortunately, our crystal ball is at the shop for repairs — so we can’t say with certainty who the winners will be. But there’s one thing that’s for sure: The past year has been a standout one for…

  • 9 must-watch TV shows about Passover

    (JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters. The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt starts Monday at sundown. If you’re…

  • ‘Switched at Birth’ gets an interfaith marriage dilemma just right

    (JTA) — “Switched at Birth” has broken the mold for a show that some might have dismissed as a teen drama. The series, which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2011, is about how two families handle the discovery that their two teenage daughters, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), were…

  • 5 Jewish moments from that epic ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ episode

    (JTA) — Season one of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” hooked us with its Jewish content and relatable storylines. Now, the musical-comedy series about Rebecca Bunch (Golden Globe-winner Rachel Bloom) — a lawyer who follows her summer camp ex to West Covina, California — is in its second season. Rebecca’s finally reunited with Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III),…

  • The Jewish story behind the Broadway hit ‘Falsettos’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The opening number in the Broadway musical “Falsettos” — currently being revived on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre — is called “Four Jews in a Room Bitching.” Featuring sample lyrics like “I’m neurotic, he’s neurotic, they’re neurotic, we’re neurotic. Bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch,” it immediately places the audience in the…

  • An Orthodox lesbian character — and other reasons to watch ‘Younger’

    (JTA) — TV Land’s “Younger” is a fun sitcom about Liza (Sutton Foster), a recently divorced 40-year-old mother who passes herself off as 26 after having a tough time landing a job in the publishing industry. The show — created by Darren Star, of “Sex and the City” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” fame — has already impressed us with…

  • How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’

    (JTA) — Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the first women in the media to file a lawsuit on the grounds of sex discrimination — resulting…

  • 7 Yom Kippur-themed TV shows to watch

    (JTA) — When it comes to Jewish holidays in pop culture, Hanukkah gets top billing — but that has more to do with its proximity to Christmas than its religious significance. For Jews, the main event is Yom Kippur, which starts this year at sundown Oct. 11. Until sundown the next day, Jews around the…

  • 7 reasons why ‘I Love Dick’ — and you should, too

    Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” is one of the most authentic portrayals of Judaism on television. The third season of the acclaimed series about the Pfefferman family will start streaming on Amazon on Sept. 23. Until then, however, you can watch the pilot of Soloway’s new show, “I Love Dick,” also on Amazon. This one, co-created with…