Rapping in English

Hip-hop musical ‘The City’ brings an innovative style of theater to Jerusalem’s English speakers.

February 23, 2017 16:36
‘The City’ Hip-hop opera

Hip-hop opera ‘The City,’ written entirely in rhyme and performed as one continuous song. (photo credit: PETR KISKA)

As the lights dimmed across the smoky stage and a guitar started strumming, audience members – mostly the Anglo community of Jerusalem sprinkled with a few Israelis – looked on in anticipation as the hip-hop rap musical, The City unfolded at the Beit Mazia theater complex on February 14.

“Night. Storm. December 11. Screw it. I’ve been in the office all night because this how we do it. One last cigarette, glass of Bacardi, a happy birthday sign on the door. Hell of a party,” opened Amit Ulman, who plays the lead character, a detective named Joe. Ulman is part of the ensemble The Victor Jackson Show, which created The City under the wing of the Incubator Theater.


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