Broadway 1965 Revue
About the Show
Gerald Sternbach, presently and proudly serving as the musical director for the Valley Outreach Synagogue. has done three shows on Broadway and Los Angeles premieres of such shows as Les Miserablés. He has accompanied and worked with Marilyn Horne, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Fisher, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Carol Burnett, Adam Lambert, Nancy Wilson, John Lithgow and Judith Light. For Mel Brooks, he played his Live at the Geffen show (filmed for HBO), And made his London debut doing a one off of the same show at the Prince of Wales Theater. Jerry also accompanies Frank Ferrante in extended runs of An Evening With Groucho all over the country, and streaming on a PBS station near you!
Witnesses, a new original musical based on five surviving diaries of teenagers who were victims of the Holocaust, has some of his songs written in collaboration with Jordan Beck , featured with four other songwriting teams, and a book by Tony award winner, Robert Freedman. It had its world premiere the summer of 2022 and is slated for further productions 2023. He also did all of the arrangements and orchestrations for this important musical called “a triumph” by the San Diego Union Tribune.
Morgan is no stranger to the stage. She's been performing ever since she started dancing at the age of 3 and has not stopped since! She has been able to perform in prestigious locations including Crypto.com Arena and The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas and she’s also been lucky enough to be apart of amazing projects like Viva Las Vegas, Babylon Cabaret, Broadway at the Bourbon Room, Something Rotten!, and Finding Freedom in Restraint.
Bronwen Li-Paz, Rebbetzin of Valley Outreach Synagogue, studied musical theatre in London. She sang, danced, and acted in numerous shows in London’s West End and in major European cities for nearly two decades before emigrating to the US. She has taught theatre in London and Los Angeles and communicated her passion for musical theatre by teaching dance and music to young children, and writing, producing, directing and choreographing children's musical shows. Bronwen sings as Cantorial Soloist at VOS and performs in VOS concerts. The VOS Players, founded in 2016, offers Bronwen the opportunity to direct adults and children in full-length shows. She is delighted to collaborate with musical theater luminary, Gerald Sternbach, at VOS and to bring BROADWAY 1965 to the stage in 2023.
Bronwen will always cherish her close friendship and collaboration with the late Warren Berlinger, after whom, VOS Players - Berlinger Performing Arts Program is named.
Hannah Li-Paz is thrilled to be co-directing, co-choreographing, assistant stage managing, and participating in VOS Players’1965 Broadway Revue. After acting for many years, she began experimenting with the behind the scenes work of theatre and has loved each aspect. She has Stage Managed summer productions, Assistant Stage Managed VOS Players’ Oliver, Agoura High School’s Pippin, and worked on the tech crew for many productions. She has been dancing since childhood and is thrilled to have been able to choreograph with the amazing Morgan Lavin. She would like to thank Bronwen Li-Paz for all her never ending, hard work, Jerry Sternbach for his incredible musical talents and creativity, and the amazing cast for making this such a great show to be a part of.
Prior to his career in law, Eric Menyuk, native Bostonian, had acted on stage, in film and television for over 20 years, appearing in films like “The Air Up There” with Kevin Bacon and “Fearless” with Jeff Bridges. He also appeared in many television shows landing such memorable roles as “The Traveler” on Star Trek: The Next Generation (He is one of the few lawyers with his own “action figure.”) And he guest starred and appeared multiple times on such shows as “Matlock” with Andy Griffith, “Married With Children,” and “Diagnosis Murder” with Dick Van Dyke. His first love, however, was always the theater. He played Fagan in Oliver in 6th grade, and reprised the role for V.O.S. in 2019. One of his treasured roles however was when he was able to play Tevye in a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in which appeared his two (now adult) children, Max and Maddie. Eric has enjoyed many collaborations with V.O.S. writing material for talent shows, and two productions of “A Jewish Home Companion” in which he created the memorable Chaim Hermective: Jewish Detective. He adores working with, over and under both Ron and Bronwen Li-Paz, and it triply blessed in this collaboration in meeting a truly amazingly talented musical director, Jerry Sternbach.