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A Rodgers and Hart gala with 'Cake'
Newsday - Long Island- 5/ 9/ 2004
What: "Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration," at Bay Terrace Jewish Center.

Why: When members of a Bayside temple wanted to form their own theatrical troupe, they turned to Lawrence Bloom.

With 40 years of experience in theater, the last 20 in Queens, Bloom has helped launch new groups before.

His latest endeavor, Theatre on the Bay, makes its debut with a revue of songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, authors of musicals from the '30s and early '40s such as "Pal Joey," "The Boys From Syracuse" and "Babes in Arms." The cast, a mix of members of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center and veterans of community theater, includes a total of 21 adults and children.

"We're reaching out not only to the tried and true community theater member, but members of the community and the temple families," Bloom said.

The show includes familiar Rodgers and Hart tunes such as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Blue Moon," "Ten Cents a Dance," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Isn't It Romantic?" "Mountain Greenery," "Lover," "There's a Small Hotel" and "Manhattan." And it has some of the duo's lesser-known works, such as "'Cause We Got Cake" and "Jupiter Forbid."

"It's the unknown songs I think are very interesting," Bloom said.

Bloom said he worked in theater for 20 years in Ohio before moving to Queens. Since coming to New York, he has been involved in the Forest Hills Players and his own company, LFB Productions.

"I still get a big kick out of it," he said.

When and where: Saturday, May 15, 8:30 p.m., May 16, 3 p.m., and May 23, 3 p.m., at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 1300 209th St., Bayside.

How much: $14, $12 seniors.

Getting there: Take the Clearview Expressway north to Willets Point Boulevard. Turn right on to Willets Point, then turn right on to 209th Street.

More questions: Call 718-428-6363.
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