Susan Borofsky | From Shtetl to Standards

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From Shtetl to Standards

by Susan Borofsky

"From Shtetl to Standards: The Art of Jewish Song,” elevates and celebrates some of the buoyant, rich songs of Broadway and Yiddish theater, as penned by some of the most talented of Jewish songwriters.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Love a Piano
3:54 $0.99
2. Papirosn
2:53 $0.99
3. But Not For Me
3:59 $0.99
4. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off/Who Cares?
3:12 $0.99
5. A Heymisher Bulgar
2:11 $0.99
6. Vi Ahin Zol Ich Geyn/Vos Iz Gevor'n Fun Mayn Shtetele?
5:10 $0.99
7. Not While I'm Around
3:11 $0.99
8. Tumbalalaika
2:46 $0.99
9. My Ship
2:37 $0.99
10. Lorelei
2:35 $0.99
11. Sheyn Vi Di L'Vone
3:09 $0.99
12. Old Devil Moon
3:30 $0.99
13. I've Got a Crush On You
3:23 $0.99
14. Hopkele
2:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Actress/singer Susan Borofsky has performed throughout the United States and Europe in Off Broadway shows, regional and state theaters, concert halls, and cabarets.

She sang the role of Pitti Sing in THE MIKADO with the LA Philharmonic, played the role of Harriet in BITTERSWEET opposite Shirley Jones at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, and was directed by Eugene Ionesco in Los Angeles. Favorite roles also include Evita, Ellie Greenwich in LEADER OF THE PACK, Jetta in ANGRY HOUSEWIVES, and Shirley Kaplan in STREET SCENE.

Borofsky is well known for her one-woman shows, beginning with her tribute to big band singer Helen Forrest, which won wide critical acclaim, continuing with her highly entertaining portrait of Beatrice Lillie, and followed by her Gershwin one-woman musical BUT NOT FOR ME.

Performance venues in the U.S. include the Whole Theater Company in New Jersey, The Royal George in Chicago, Milwaukee Rep, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbour, and Westbeth Theater, New York. In Germany, Borofsky has performed with Theater Des Westen in Ludwigshafen and Renitenz Theater in Stuttgart, and toured with her show THOSE JEWISH BOYS ON BROADWAY.

Most recently, Borofsky has been writing and performing with Tunnel Vision, a writers collective in Montclair, New Jersey, and has been a teaching artist/consultant for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She has also been the music director at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Borofsky received a Bachelor of Musical Arts in voice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts in acting at the University of Southern California. She is a recipient of two Backstage Bistro Awards and one Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for best new artist and best female vocalist.



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dan karson

A warm appreciation of the great American Songbook and a homage to Yiddish tradi
A listener has many choices when it comes to great artists singing American standards. None that I know of ever recorded an album that combined an evocative styling of this music with a soulful offering of Yiddish songs. Susan Borofsky has done it. Those unfamiliar with Yiddish music will hear the source from which the Gershwins and Berlin drew their moods and rhythyms. For Yiddishers, the nostalgia is sweet indeed.


Great, just great.
This CD is worth it for the first track alone. "I Love A Piano", has a brilliant intro, with Susan singing, I think at least, at her best.

As the CD only gets better going through the rest of the tracks is a triple "A plus" bonus. I wish she'd sing while I played the Alto Saxaphone for her.

Robert Gritz

Interesting concept. She needs a better yiddish pronunciation coach
A nice selection of songs and some unique interpretations. I especially enjoyed her renditon of "I Love a Piano." When singing or speaking in Yiddish, she must learn to roll her "R's." She also inconsistently pronounced "Ich." Sometimes she Germanized it as "eesht."