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Warm memories as Tzavta turns 50

ByMIRIAM SHAVIV
February 22, 2007 08:48

Many of the biggest names in entertainment will take part, playing music, singing, and sharing humorous stories and anecdotes related to their experiences at Tzavta.

tzavta 88 298

tzavta 88 298. (photo credit:Courtesy)

It's been 50 years since the Tzavta theater in Tel Aviv began functioning as an intimate performance hall for Israel's most beloved artists, as well as a breeding ground for up-and-coming stars. In honor of this auspicious occasion, the Tzavta is hosting an unprecedented gala celebration tomorrow at 1:00pm. Many of the biggest names in entertainment will take part, playing music, singing, and sharing humorous stories and anecdotes related to their experiences at Tzavta. Archival video clips will also be part of the show, giving a real retrospective of the the theater's history. Certain shows from the past will even be partially recreated, such as Gidi Gov and Danny Sanderson singing "Doda", and Ehud Banai and Mazi Cohen singing "Ma'ami". Other participants in the jubilee show include Shlomo Artzi, Idan Alterman, David Broza, Roi Bar-Natan, Nurit Galron, Ivri Lider, Adir Miller, Ahinoam Nini, Yehoshua Sobol, Yossi Peretz, Dror Keren, and more. The history of both the theater and its artists will be incorporated into the event, with archival pictures and clips screened for all to see. Clips will also be shown of the artists, comedians, singers, and actors who have graced the Tzavta stage, but are no longer with us, such as Yossi Banai, Arik Lavi, Naomi Shemer. Located on 30 Ibn Givrol Street, Tzavta was founded in 1956 and has since been a home for creative spirits of the stage. Tzavta's executive director, Moshe Taneh, says the theater's greatness is in its "ability to bring avant-garde, fringe, absurd, Rock, humor, satire, and protest to center stage. Throughout its history, it didn't matter what was being performed - it was clear to everyone that if there was something interesting to be seen/ heard - one had to go to the Tzavta." Tickets to the event are a pricy NIS 500, but the fee goes toward the continuation of programs at the Tzavta. An anniversary album produced especially for this event will be given to all ticketholders. For tickets, call (03) 695-0156

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