Theshow­mustgo on for Leeds va­ri­ety fans

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOHN FISHER

VA­RI­ETY WAS the spice of life at the Leeds com­mu­nity’s 14th an­nual theatre fes­ti­val, which drew 2,000 people to the city’s Car­riage­works venue for a four-day pro­gramme.

There was a Lon­don show about Broad­way’s Jewish mu­si­cal theatre legacy, a dou­ble dose of jazz and a a mu­si­cal his­tory les­son on an­ces­tral flee­ing from East­ern Euro­pean per­se­cu­tion.

And from Is­rael, a quin­tet of teen per­form­ers played pop­u­lar clas­sics and show tunes.

The brain­child of a Leeds shali­ach, Ye­huda Bergman, JFest was launched in a shul com­plex in 2001.

Chair­man Stan­ley Cun­dle said the theme of the 2014 pro­gramme was “what the fes­ti­val has ac­com­plished over the years and what it can look for­ward to in the fu­ture.

“Above all, we of­fered top-rate en­ter­tain­ment.”

PHOTO: JOHN FISHER

Stan­ley Cun­dle with Emily Bull and Abi Fin­ley

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