In the swinging ’60s and the groovy ’70s, Bob Booker unleashed a series of legendary comedy albums that skyrocketed to the top of the charts, attracting devoted fans from all walks of life, be they Jewish or Gentile.
Generations have cherished the timeless sketches from these albums, including the uproarious A Call from Long Island, the side-splitting The Reading of the Will, and the unforgettable The Plotnik Diamond.
Now, Emanuel Synagogue and Bondi Theatre Company are proud to present the highlights from the Australian stage premiere of Bob Booker's classic work, staged at Emanuel Synagogue in the beautifully restored Heritage Sanctuary.
Even at the age of 91, Bob Booker himself attests to the enduring popularity of this comedy masterpiece, noting that "funny is funny." He adds, "It was the heart and soul that other humour does not necessarily have, because the people behind it have the heart and soul and the gift of humour.
You Don’t Have To Be Jewish | By Bob Booker
Based on his original albums
Produced by The Bondi Theatre Company in association with Emanuel Synagogue
By arrangement with David Spicer Productions
Staged in November 2023 at the Emanuel Synagogue Woollahra Sydney.
Director | Ruth Fingret
Musical Direction and Choreography | Aaron Robuck
Pianist | Michelle Goldman
Technical Supervisor | Roli Creative
Stage Manager/Prop and Costumes | Desie Richards
Emanuel Programming Director | Marina Capponi
Publicist | Geoff Sirmai
Thanks also to:
Peter Eyers and SCEGGS Darlinghurst
Design Consultant Parish Stapleton
Lighting Designer Bondi Mehran Mortezai