Featured Event: Mike Burstyn in Concert

Date: October 28, 2018  - Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Merage JCC Show map
Contact: Aliza SablePhone: 949-435-3400, ext. 305Email:

OC Jewish Arts Festival presents Mike Burstyn in Concert

Sunday, October 28, 4 p.m.

The acclaimed American/Israeli actor and entertainer has had an international, multi-lingual show business career on stage, screen, television, concert halls and night clubs spanning over 60 years. An icon of Broadway and Israeli cinema, Mike Burstyn was born in New York City to stars of the Yiddish theater Pesach Burstein and Lillian Lux. At the age of three, he began performing at Yiddish theaters in musicals and dramas produced by his father.

In 1963 Mike decided to establish a career as an Israeli performer. He starred in the hugely successful Israeli musical film, Shnei Kuni Lemel (Two Kuni Lemels) - The Flying Matchmaker, winning two Israeli “Oscars”, and went on to become one of Israel’s most popular stars. He has also appeared on American TV shows such as Law & Order and As The World Turns.

Burstyn’s Off-Broadway credits include two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Longing for a mainstream Broadway career, Mike got his wish in 1980 with a role in the Tony Award winning musical Barnum, eventually replacing Jim Dale in the title role.

Mike has been honored with numerous artistic, cultural, and humanitarian awards. The Israel Cinematheque paid tribute to Mike’s achievements in the Israeli film industry by honoring him at a ceremony in 1997. He is an honorary board member of Gilda’s Club, a regent of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, and president of the Hebrew Actors Foundation to name a few.

At age 71, Burstyn jumped at the chance to appear in Judah, a new Israeli vampire TV series that was written with him in mind in the role of a mystical and mysterious Rabbi. This role has opened up a whole new audience to him and exposed him to a new generation of fans. He is also the voice of Amos in the English language version of the Netflix hit series Fauda. Mike made his directorial debut with the 2017 Israeli feature film Azimuth that he wrote commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.

Assigned seating. $35 JCC members, $42 public, $42 at the door.

VIP single $100 or VIP couple $175, includes premium seats and post-performance reception (limited availability).


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