Celebrated artist Ari Axelrod is thrilled to bring his internationally acclaimed show "A Place For Us: A Celebration of Jewish Broadway" to Blue Strawberry. Hailed by BroadwayWorld as, "genuinely one of the finest shows this writer has ever seen," the multi-award-winning show celebrates Jewish vitality and Jewish culture by honoring the songs and stories of Jewish composers and their contributions to the American Musical. From Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Jerry Herman to Leonard Bernstein, Jason Robert Brown, and Stephen Sondheim, you'll hear songs you've listened to your entire life in ways you've never heard them before.
The Jewish Week named Ari one of the 36 most influential Jews under the age of 36 in The United States. He received the 2022 Bistro Award for Best Theatrical Artistry in Song. His show, "A Place For Us: A Celebration of Jewish Broadway," began with a sold-out run at the historic Birdland Jazz Club, featuring six-time Emmy & Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh. It has since grown to international acclaim, performing to sold-out audiences around the world, and garnered him a BroadwayWorld Award and a MAC Award nomination for Best Male Vocalist in 2020. His debut solo show, "Taking the Wheel," directed by Tony Award winner Faith Prince, and music directed by multiple MAC Award winner Alex Rybeck, has been performed in numerous cities around the country. Ari's work as a director has been seen at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse, Birdland Jazz Club, 54 Below, and The Green Room 42. Ari's debut album, “Ari Axelrod Live at Birdland” is now available on all streaming platforms.