Theatre Thursdays: Life is a Cabaret, and Cabaret is Life

cabaret_logoCabaret is returning to Broadway next month for its ninth major production in one of the two greatest holy cities of theatre: New York and London. That’s right, nine times. Let’s count the ways: Broadway opening in 1966, West End opening in 1968, London 1986 revival, Broadway 1987 revival, London 1993 revival, Broadway 1998 revival, London 2006 revival, London 2012 revival, and the upcoming Broadway 2014 revival (not to mention a 1972 film adaptation). Whew! That’s not an accomplishment many musicals can claim. What is it about this show that makes it so enduring? What makes it a force that keeps popping up again and again, demanding to be seen and heard? Let’s take a closer look.

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Oh, My Pop Culture Deity: Judaism in Anime

Moral of the Story: there isn’t any really.

I have spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure out what I would do for my next Sunday post, and realized I had approximately zero ideas. Zip, zilch, nada. So then I decided to think about what anime featured different religions. You have plenty of anime that feature Buddhism, Catholicism, and other variations of Christianity. But then it occurred to me that I had never heard of an anime featuring Judaism or anyone Jewish.

Doing a little research, I did discover that there is a very tiny Jewish presence. Most of the references to Judaism in manga have been in relation to the Holocaust. In Black Lagoon (which I have not watched/read), there is a Jewish-American lawyer. There have been multiple adaptations of The Diary of Anne Frank. In addition, there seems to be another series about the Holocaust called Adolf that has Jewish characters. However, I haven’t been able to find out much more about the series besides that it exists.

But that’s pretty much it. When you consider that there are only 2,000 Jewish people in Japan (which is 0.0016% of the total population), it’s surprising that there is anything at all. (Stats are from Wikipedia, so they must be true.)

Have you guys seen any Jewish influence/characters in anime? Let me know in the comments!