‘Celebrating Yosl – Joe Papp at 100’ remembers late theatrical producer

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’The late theatrical producer Joseph Papp will be celebrated both virtually and in-person in South Florida on what would have been his centennial birthday.

“Celebrating Yosl – Joe Papp at 100″ is a commemorative full day of live, virtual and pre-recorded events celebrating Papp, who was born Yosl Papirofsky, on June 22. It begins at 11 a.m. and continues into the evening.

The commemoration is presented by YI Love Jewish, a division of Yiddishkayt Initiative based in Coral Springs. It will be hosted by YI CEO Avi Hoffman, an actor and Jewish cultural activist who was mentored by Papp in the 1980s.

“Joe Papp did more to revolutionize the world of theater than any producer in the world,” Hoffman said.

Events include musical performances, interviews and lectures, and the commemoration culminating in the signature gala event celebrating the life of Papp, who died in 1991.

Broadway stars such as Nathan Lane, John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham, Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody, Rex Smith, Mark Linn-Baker and more are expected to participate. Hoffman said the celebrities and entertainment professionals want to honor the man who gave so much to enhance their lives and careers.

Events will include free presentations of “Joe Papp at the Ballroom,” a recreation of Joe’s signature 1978 concert; “Celebrating ‘Yosl’: The Legacy of Joe Papp,” a musical tribute to Papp’s Jewish legacy; a conversation with Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen, co-producers/directors of the documentary film “Joe Papp in 5 Acts” and other events.

In the spirit of Papp’s visionary free Shakespeare in the Park, all of the day’s events are free with the exception of a celebrity-filled live gala starting at 7 p.m. that’s followed by an exclusive virtual VIP reception.

In-person event is limited seating on a first-come, first-serve basis, and takes place at a venue in Boca Raton.

Visit yilovejewish.org or call 888-945-6835 for more information on the commemoration, including full schedule and where to view events.

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