Rachel Bloom and Tovah Feldshuh: A Conversation Between a (Television) Daughter and Mother

Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation


Thursday, April 29, 2021
7 – 8 pm
Zoom, Virtual Program

Join Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rachel Bloom, and six-time Emmy and Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh as they discuss humor, family, writing, and how to laugh in a time when humor seems almost impossible, while sharing stories and musings from their two recent books: Rachel Bloom’s I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are, and Tovah Feldshuh’s Lilyville. Moderated by Stephanie Butnick, host of Tablet’s Unorthodox podcast

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About the Speakers:

Rachel Bloom is a comedian, actress, writer, and singer born and raised in Los Angeles. Rachel co-created and starred in the TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW Net-work and earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award for her performance, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for the songwriting. In 2019, she toured her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live show across the US and Europe, selling out at iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall and the London Palladium. Rachel is currently executive producing a new romantic mystery comedy drama television series for The CW Network titled I’m In Love With The Dancer from My Bat Mitzvah, and she is set to write the Untitled *NSYNC Comedy for TriStar pictures. She is also penning the lyrics for an upcoming Broadway musical of The Nanny. Rachel’s first book, I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are, was published by Grand Central Publishing on November 17, 2020.

Tovah (born Ter­ri Sue) Feld­shuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nom­i­nee and has been award­ed three hon­orary Doc­tor­ates of Humane Let­ters. Addi­tion­al­ly, for her the­atre work, she has won four Dra­ma Desks, four Out­er Crit­ics Cir­cle, three Dra­ma­logues, the Obie, the The­atre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lor­tel Awards for Best Actress. She is a play­wright, con­cert artist, and author. Her mem­oir, LILYVILLE: Moth­er, Daugh­ter, and Oth­er Roles I’ve Played, comes out April 13 for Mother’s Day. TV cred­its include: Holo­caust, Law & Order, The Walk­ing Dead, and Crazy Ex-Girl­friend where Feld­shuh can be seen singing the dig­ni­fied show­stop­per: ​“Where’s the Bath­room!”. Films include: Kiss­ing Jes­si­ca Stein, A Walk on the Moon, The Idol­mak­er, Golda’s Bal­cony the film, and Clif­ford (release Novem­ber 2021). Broad­way: Yentl, Golda’s Bal­cony, Irena’s Vow, Pip­pin, etc. Most recent the­atre por­tray­al: Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bad­er Gins­burg in Sis­ters in Law by Jonathan Shapiro and Ms. Feldshuh’s night­club acts, Aging is Option­al and Tovah is Leona! (Helm­s­ley). Most recent film por­tray­al: Miryam, Oscar Isaac’s moth­er, in Scenes from a Mar­riage for HBO. Tovah is the recip­i­ent of the Eleanor Roo­sevelt Human­i­ties Award, Hadas­sah’s Myr­tle Wreath & Moth­er of the Year Award and the Israel Peace Medal. Fol­low Tovah on Insta­gram @tovahfeld, and on her web­site www​.tovah​feld​shuh​.com.

Stephanie But­nick is deputy edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine and a host of the Unortho­dox pod­cast. She is the author, along with her co-hosts, of The Newish Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia: From Abra­ham to Zabar’s and Every­thing in Between. She has writ­ten for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Co-p­re­sent­ed by Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, the Jew­ish Muse­um, and Tablet Magazine.