Deborah Karpel: The Midwood Miracle
A musical memoir written and performed by Deborah Karpel with Michael Lewis Smith, piano, Aimee Todoroff, director.
Singer-actress-writer Deborah Karpel's story follows her mothers upbringing as a Jewish girl in coal mining Appalachia, VA, her parent's romance at a Catskills socialist summer resort in the 1950s, growing up in 1970s suburbia, and the twists of fate that lead Deborah to the music of her grandfather. THE MIDWOOD MIRACLE features original musical collaborations with Elliot Sokolov and with Rachelle Garniez, original songs by Ms. Karpel as well as folksongs, Ernest Tubb, hymns, operatic arias, improvised art songs, and Yiddish songs.
Performer/Writer Deborah Karpel's favorite stage credits include originating the role of Sonny in Jeff Weiss Obie award-winning live serial, HOT KEYS; singing the role of Jill Johns in Yarmolinsky/Bernstein's opera BLIND WITNESS NEWS; and five formative years with Shock of the Funny, an improvisational theater group. She is a frequent recitalist at Lincoln Centers Bruno Walter Auditorium and performs with Ismail Butera and David Hofstra as THE EAST SIDE TRIO all over the greater New York area.
"Luminous singer Deborah Karpel's bittersweetly triumphant klezmer-influenced one-woman show The Midwood Miracle traces her career from a jaded Eastern Seaboard adolescence to her discovery of her grandfathers Brooklyn klezmer music"
- NY Music Daily.
"Lyrical, alluring and disarming, Deborah Karpels performance in The Midwood Miracle is a delicious treat..."
- Tatyana Polyak - Arts-NY.
"The Midwood Miracle at Emerging Artists Theaters New Works Festival on October 3, featured the deeply gifted singer-actress Deborah Karpel, who painted a hilariously authentic and very touching portrait of her highly individual, unconventional parents and her search for cultural roots in a 1960s American Dream boomtown of Queens."
- David Noh, The Gay City News.
"Karpel's vocals boast a natural allure so hot it ought to be licensed, taxed and regulated."
- Seth Rogovy, Author - The Essential Klezmer.
"A wonderfully varied, charismatic, and magnificent singer with a heartrending voice."
- Recklinghausen Zeitung.
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