Virtual Unpacking the Book: Rachel Bloom and Tovah Feldshuh — A Conversation Between a (Television) Daughter and Mother
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Join Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rachel Bloom, and six-time Emmy & Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh as they discuss humor, family, writing, and how to laugh in a time when humor seems almost impossible, while sharing stories and musings from their two recent books: Rachel Bloom’s I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are and Tovah Feldshuh’s Lilyville. Moderated by Stephanie Butnick, host of Tablet’s Unorthodox podcast.
Rachel Bloom is a comedian, actress, writer, and singer born and raised in Los Angeles. Rachel co-created and starred in the TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW Network and earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award for her performance, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for the songwriting. In 2019, she toured her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live show across the US and Europe, selling out at iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall and the London Palladium. Rachel is currently executive producing a new romantic mystery comedy drama television series for The CW Network titled I’m In Love With The Dancer from My Bat Mitzvah, and she is set to write the Untitled *NSYNC Comedy for TriStar pictures. She is also penning the lyrics for an upcoming Broadway musical of The Nanny. Rachel’s first book, I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are, was published by Grand Central Publishing on November 17, 2020.
Tovah (born Terri Sue) Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She is a playwright, concert artist, and author. Her memoir, LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, comes out April 13 for Mother’s Day. TV credits include: Holocaust, Law & Order, The Walking Dead, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend where Feldshuh can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom!”. Films include: Kissing Jessica Stein, A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker, Golda’s Balcony the film, and Clifford (release November 2021). Broadway: Yentl, Golda’s Balcony, Irena’s Vow, Pippin, etc. Most recent theatre portrayal: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Sisters in Law by Jonathan Shapiro and Ms. Feldshuh’s nightclub acts, Aging is Optional and Tovah is Leona! (Helmsley). Most recent film portrayal: Miryam, Oscar Isaac’s mother, in Scenes from a Marriage for HBO. Tovah is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, Hadassah’s Myrtle Wreath & Mother of the Year Award and the Israel Peace Medal. Follow Tovah on Instagram @tovahfeld, and on her website www.tovahfeldshuh.com.
Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast. She is the author, along with her co-hosts, of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between. She has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.