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Stars of David Week of 7/19/2012

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Starting a musical from scratch with no previous experience? Hey, David Orlansky and Joshua Levin, don't quit your day jobs. They didn't have to; the two Philly teachers were laid off. But their lesson plan became the basis for Awesome Alliteration: The Magical Musical, their muse being the Philadelphia school system; the spoof -- staged earlier this year for a weekend run -- takes a longer spin during the Philly Fringe in September. Joining them is another local, Zachary Kind, with the three forming BetaMale Productions, with Andrew Zimmer, the show's director and co-writer. ...

So he wants to be a Producer, huh? Yep, that's Richard Kind, who's set to star as Max Bialystock in the Hollywood Bowl production of The Producers, with the Trenton, N.J., native making it work from July 27 to 29. ...

The puck stops here -- really. When the tryouts for the USA ice hockey team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel drops here next month, they'll be under the watchful eye of onetime NHL stick star Mathieu Schneider, newly named director of the Maccabi USA Ice Hockey team. The National Jewish Sports Hall of Famer is also a former Olympian, which means the guy is no hockey puck. Meanwhile, the B-ball is bouncing Philadelphia's Dan Leibovitz's way; he's been named to coach the USA Youth Men's basketball team, with Ardmore's James Chadwin an assistant coach. And Brian "Shifty" Schiff, currently coaching the boys B-ball team headed to the JCC Maccabi Games in Memphis next month, has been named the chairman of basketball recruiting for the 2013 games in Israel. ...

Jessie Rosenberg is rising like a rocket: The Bryn Mawr graduate and IBM up-and-comer has been named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30 Rising Stars of Science." The magazine could have included her in an earlier list of "Top 10 Teens"; she started college at age 13 and got her doctorate at 23. ...

Friends central: The Main Line's Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends, is working on a TV-friendly adaptation of Two Kisses for Maddy for Lifetime. ...

Improv this! As a nation where residents must be on their toes every minute, Israel seems a logical place for an improv class. Philly's Sharon Geller obviously thought so,too; she recently returned from Israel, where the actress/instructor taught a session at Tel Aviv Improv. ...

Penn pal: Mark Liberman's body language must indicate he's very happy these days. He's just been named to the post of Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at Penn's School of Arts and Sciences. Meanwhile, David Rudovsky, senior fellow at Penn's Law School, has been named recipient -- for the fifth time -- of the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. ...

Keeping it collegiate, newly minted Bryn Mawr College grad Emily Kirchner has been named winner of the National Association of College and University Food Services Student Employee of the Year Award. ... Joyce May Miller of Huntingdon Valley has penned a children's book about Sweet Old Sadie, with illustrations by Melinda Patrick, whose title character is the answer to the question: "Did you ever know a woman whose house always had the aroma of something yummy?"...

Feel that ocean spray? It's time for a board walk. And no better place than the shore, where Mitchell Gurwics has been chosen as board president of the Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties.

 

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