Campy Cult Musical 'RACHAEL LILY ROSENBLOOM...' to Return in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk Feb. 7, 2017
The papers called it "the first intentionally campy musical in Broadway history" and "Broadway's first disco musical," but Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom... and don't you ever forget it! packed her bags after only 7 previews at the Broadhurst in 1973.
The wild and fantastic tale of an average girl going from the Brooklyn fish market to the height of Hollywood glamour was created by Paul Jabara (composer, lyricist, co-book writer) who later went on to pen hits including "Last Dance," "The Main Event," and "It's Raining Men," and become a Grammy and Academy Award winner.
Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom was the brainchild of the then 25-year-old Jabara, who appeared in several Broadway shows and worshiped Barbra Streisand. The title character shared this trait, and the extra 'a' in Rachael was the one that 'Barbra' discarded from her name. The show even opened with a song called "Dear Miss Streisand" before hitting numbers with titles like "Cobra Woman," "Overdose," "Get Your Show Rolling," "Broadway Rhythm," and "Raquel Gives The Dish." The backstage atmosphere and onstage drama at the show was so crazy - from drug use to kicklines in g-strings - that it prompted several of the dancers to begin the talk sessions that would become the basis for A Chorus Line.
Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for the return of Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom...and don't you ever forget it! This musical in concert will be produced by director of programming Jennifer Ashley Tepperand directed by Max Friedman (Midnight at The Never Get, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, Ruby Manger) with the support of Paul Jabara's family. Expect an incredible cast of favorites to bring this legendary underappreciated musical back to life! Come see why Broadway's first disco musical was ahead of its time.